Do you wish you could see better? You’re not alone. According to the CDC, approximately 12 million people 40 years and over in the United States have a vision impairment, including 1 million who are blind, 3 million who have vision impairment after correction, and 8 million who have vision impairment due to uncorrected refractive error. In other words, there are a lot of people who’d like to improve their eyesight.
Whether you are farsighted, nearsighted, have presbyopia (the eye condition associated with blurry reading vision) or have astigmatism, laser eye surgery doesn't just improve your vision—it improves so much more.
What is Laser Eye Surgery?
LASIK, commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Like other types of refractive surgery, the LASIK procedure reshapes the cornea to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision. LASIK’s incredible reputation for both safety and results leads many people considering it to think LASIK truly can transform their lives.
Post - LASIK Surgery
You should expect some blurry vision and haziness immediately after surgery; however, clarity should improve by the very next morning. Your eyesight should stabilize and continue to improve within a few days, although in rare cases it may take several weeks or longer. For most people, vision improves immediately.
Laser eye surgery offers numerous benefits and can dramatically improve your quality of life.
An estimated 95 percent of patients who undergo LASIK improve their vision to 20/40 or better, while 85 percent return to 20/20 vision. “Many patients question why they waited so long to have LASIK surgery,” says Dr. Stewart Shofner. Additionally, the lifestyle benefits are endless with LASIK.
Many patients comment they are happy they no longer have to stock up on contact lens solution, no more fogged glasses, and no more eyeglasses sliding down on their nose. Water sports are now much more enjoyable for LASIK patients, as the risk of breaking eyeglasses or a having a contact lens fall out is no longer a concern.
Why wait? Improve your vision this year. Dr. Shofner carefully evaluates each patient’s vision to provide the most appropriate recommendation. If you are interested in improving your vision, schedule a complimentary LASIK consultation or you may speak with a LASIK counselor 7 days a week by calling (615) 340-4733.