New Research: LASIK Safety and Performance Continue To Impress
Several updated studies, presented by the medical organization of surgeons who specialize in vision correction and cataract surgeries, gave LASIK surgery high marks for safety, outcomes, and patient satisfaction.
These studies show that LASIK is more likely to ease symptoms of dry eye, glare, halo, starbursts, and ghosting than it is to cause such symptoms—a common myth about the danger of LASIK.
Why does this matter to you?
The results of two studies in particular—one sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and another conducted by ASCRS presiden, Kerry D. Solomon, M.D., have been much anticipated by vision correction surgeons.
“These studies provide some of the best data and insights into LASIK, particularly from the patient’s perspective,” said Daniel S. Durrie, M.D., one of the clinical investigators for the FDA study.
“One of the key findings, from both studies, is with modern equipment, modern technique, and well-selected patients, good surgeons can deliver terrific results with a high degree of safety. LASIK is a great procedure,” he continued [emphasis added].
The studies examined classic questions about the basics of LASIK: Is it safe? Does the procedure improve vision? What is the potential for side effects?
The findings from these studies proved 2 key benefits decided by previous research into LASIK:
LASIK has a patient satisfaction rate of up to 98 percent.
More than 90 percent of patients achieve 20/20 vision.
In other good news, the FDA study found encouraging results about the potential for side effects, including dry eye and other visual symptoms such as glare, starbursts, ghosting and halos, after LASIK.
59% of patients with dry eye symptoms before surgery had no symptoms of dry eye 3-months after LASIK.
Through studies like these, clinicians are able to find ways to improve the technology, techniques, and overall patient experience with LASIK, making an already good procedure even better.
While these studies are encouraging, it’s important to choose a good surgeon and clearly understand the risks and benefits of the procedure. For those looking to be less dependent on glasses or contacts, LASIK technologies and outcomes are better than they’ve ever been. And the clinical research and literature backs that up.
(source: American Refractive Surgery Council)