Say Goodbye to Contacts and Glasses: 5 Reasons to Consider LASIK

Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis surgery, which you probably know as LASIK surgery, was first approved by the FDA in 1998. LASIK is a safe and effective method for vision correction that’s been extensively studied. Is it right for you? 

Here are five facts to consider if you’re having trouble deciding whether LASIK would be better than contacts or glasses in your life. 

1. It’s safe and effective 

According to the American Refractive Surgery Council, you have a greater risk of infection from wearing contacts than you do from having LASIK performed. More than 19 million people have had the procedure in the United States and it has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates, around 96%, among elective procedures. 

2. It’s backed by lots of research

The lasers used to perform LASIK are extremely precise, and some of the technology used during the procedure was originally designed by NASA to help satellites dock properly. Indeed, NASA offers LASIK to astronauts to make sure their vision meets the program’s requirements.

Finally, more than 7,000 clinical studies have investigated LASIK. Safety, performance, and outcomes, among other topics have been thoroughly researched. 

3. The procedure is fast, and so are the results

LASIK is an outpatient procedure, so there’s no need for a hospital stay. It’s also quick, with the average surgery taking about 20 minutes. You’ll be awake, and in some cases your Cooper Eye Center provider may recommend medication to help you stay calm. 

Perhaps the best part is that you’ll be able to tell a difference in your vision within hours — not days or weeks, but mere hours. The day after your procedure you’re vision will be much better. You can generally return to all normal activities, except keeping up with your glasses, 48 hours after your surgery. 

4. Did we mention you won’t need glasses or contacts anymore? 

Have you ever lost your glasses and been unable to function normally? Have you ever dropped a contact while you were away from home, or you didn’t have another pair? With LASIK vision correction, you won’t have to worry about those things anymore. 

It’s difficult to overstate the convenience of being able to see well without aids like glasses or contacts. You may eventually need reading glasses, but you’ll be able to see very well in the meantime. 

5. Your surgery is tailored to meet your needs

Even before you have LASIK, your doctor at Cooper Eye Care works to make sure you have a positive experience with an excellent outcome. LASIK isn’t right for everyone, and your doctor performs a thorough exam and takes an extensive medical history in order to make sure you’re a good candidate. 

If you’d like to learn more about LASIK, and find out if it may be the right choice for you, book an appointment at Cooper Eye Care today. You can use our simple online scheduling option, or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help. 

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