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What To Do When Your LASIK Expectations Aren’t Met

Friday, November 16 2018 1:30 PM
LASIK expectations

You go into your LASIK surgery with the expectation of better vision. You look forward to being free from glasses or contacts. You might have even read that you’ll instantly see better after the procedure and have a relatively quick healing process.

And this is the standard experience for most.

Sometimes, however, that expectation isn’t met. Although nearly 100 percent of LASIK patients achieve better than 20/40 vision, less than five percent of LASIK patients continue to experience residual nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, even after healing. In these cases, some—but not all—of the visual problem was corrected by LASIK.

Often, an enhancement procedure can be performed to fine tune the prescription. In very rare cases, glasses and/or contacts may be needed to see well some or all of the time.

For this small group of people, feelings of disappointment are natural. And understandable.

Keeping Your Ophthalmologist as Your Partner

It is important to continue to work with your eye doctor during and after your healing to keep him or her informed about:

  • Your overall experience with your vision correction after LASIK

  • Any symptoms you may be having, such as dry eyes, night vision issues, or light sensitivity

After laser vision correction it is important to keep all of your post-op appointments and follow the recommended treatments. You may also be comfortable wearing glasses only for certain activities, such as driving at night or reading. And for some, the healing process may last up to a year. In this case, it’s critically important to keep in touch with your doctor.

Once your healing is complete and your eyes and vision are stabilized, you and your ophthalmologist can continue mapping out a plan for achieving your healthy vision goals.

Because vision goals are different for each person, many find a lot of benefit in simply reducing—rather than eliminating—their need for glasses or contacts. For others, it is important to continue to work toward being free from corrective lenses altogether, if possible. Whatever your goals are, your ophthalmologist is the best resource for learning about your options, the risks and benefits of each, and what to expect moving forward.

(source: American Refractive Surgery Council)

Kristen Lingg
"Even with contacts correcting my poor vision I still had problems with halos around runway lights at night. Immediately after surgery I could see better than I ever had. My vision is better than perfect and halo free."
Kristen Lingg, Pilot - Wichita, KS

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