Is Lasik Surgery Safe?

Are you tired of wearing eye glasses or contact lenses? If you are, LASIK surgery may be a good option for you. LASIK has become a popular alternative for people looking to reduce their dependence on glasses and contacts, and improve their quality of life. The procedure has been successfully performed over the last several years, using advanced technology that produces remarkable results.  Despite this, many people still ask the question – Is LASIK surgery safe.

LASIK Surgery
LASIK is a procedure that is done to correct refractive vision problems, namely, astigmatism, hyperopia (farsightedness), and myopia (nearsightedness). The procedure involves the use of an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. Reshaping the cornea will change the way in which light is focused onto the retina, which will in turn help make vision clearer.

LASIKsurgery is a short procedure that takes about 15 minutes to perform. Patients will experience some discomfort in the first few hours after surgery, but downtime is minimal.

Is Lasik Safe?
LASIK surgery was FDA approved in the 1990’s, and is considered a very safe procedure. However, as is the case with all medical procedures, there are risks associated with LASIK surgery.  Although there have been some reported cases of post-operative complications, LASIK surgery has a very good safety record. Most people who undergo LASIK respond well to the procedure and experience continued improvements in vision in the following months.

If you are considering LASIK surgery, it is important to consult with an experienced ophthalmologist. Be sure to find out all you can about the procedure, and make certain that you understand the possible risks and complications.

LASIK surgery is available in Washington DC, and Northern VA, at New View Eye Center, Reston, VA.

Call us today at 703-834-9777to schedule a consultation with ophthalmologist, Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

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