Is LASIK the right choice for you?

LASIK has delighted millions of patients worldwide, but it is not suited for everyone. As a patient, it is important that you have a clear understanding of the surgery, the procedure’s advantages and risks, and whether or not you would make a good candidate.

LASIK was first approved for use by the FDA in 1998 and has been gaining steadily in popularity. Each year, approximately 700,000 Americans have the procedure and the vast majority of patients are happy with their results. As with all surgery, however, there are risks associated with the procedure. As a result, some patients have experienced complications or side effects that have negatively affected their eyes and quality of life.

The information provided here is intended to help you:

• Understand what LASIK is
• Be aware of what would make you a good or poor candidate for LASIK
• Be aware of and understand the possible risks and complications of LASIK
• Select a surgeon
• Evaluate LASIK advertising
• Become familiar with the Informed Consent process.
Source:  American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Society of Refractive Surgery. Is LASIK for Me? A Patient’s Guide to Refractive Surgery. San Francisco, CA: American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Society of Refractive Surgery, 2008. Print.