The Gulfcoast Eye Care Doctors have either authored or reviewed and approved this content.
Many people are nervous at the thought of undergoing eye surgery, and LASIK is no exception. Even though LASIK has one of the highest satisfaction rates and lowest risk of complications of any elective procedure, we understand that some patients may have reservations about LASIK surgery.
At Gulfcoast Eye Care, we want your experience with us to be great, and part of that means feeling completely assured about a surgery that can greatly increase your quality of vision — and your life. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about the safety of LASIK. Read on for more information about LASIK safety, based on some of the most common questions we’ve received from patients in the past.
LASIK is one of the most popular elective surgical procedures available today, with around 700,000 procedures performed each year. Our LASIK surgeon here at Gulfcoast Eye Care, Michael H. Manning, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a pioneer in refractive surgery and has performed thousands of successful LASIK vision correction procedures in his career.
LASIK allows you to avoid the hassle of glasses and contacts, so you can enjoy activities without worrying about your eyewear. It’s also an investment that will save you money over the long term, depending on how much you spend each year on contact lenses and glasses. To get an idea of how much you could save when you decide to have LASIK with us, check out our LASIK Savings Calculator.
LASIK has well over a ninety percent satisfaction rate among patients, proving it as a reliable and life-changing procedure. Most patients report incredible results when they have LASIK, because they’re able to enjoy their new, improved vision in as little as 24 hours after their procedure!
All surgeries carry risks, but in the case of LASIK, however, that risk is extremely minimal. Less than one percent of patients experience complications — a remarkably low rate for such a common elective surgery. In fact, if you wear contact lenses, studies show that your risk for complications is much higher than it is when you opt to have vision correcting surgery.
Although LASIK has a low percentage of side effects and complications, those risks are significantly lessened when you choose the right LASIK eye surgeon. Dr. Manning is a highly experienced LASIK surgeon who has performed thousands of LASIK procedures using the “all-laser” or “bladeless” method, which creates an even more precise flap in the cornea for optimal results.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for LASIK, and it’s important to choose a surgeon who will be honest with you about what your LASIK results will look like. Dr. Manning will evaluate your eyes at your LASIK consultation and decide whether LASIK is right for you; if you are not a candidate, he will discuss other options for you, such as SMILE, ICL, PRK, or RLE.