Did you recently have LASIK vision correction surgery? According to Market Scope, around 10 million Americans have had LASIK surgery since it was first approved by the FDA in 1999. Approximately 700,000 LASIK surgeries are performed each year and Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 40,000 procedures in middle TN. It remains one of the most popular elective surgeries in the country, and its satisfaction rating among patients who’ve had the procedure is remarkably high.
Many LASIK patients are thrilled with their new vision post LASIK surgery and are amazed how clearly they can see immediately after the procedure. While many patients are excited to learn their vision is 20/20 (perfect vision), some actually receive better than perfect vision. “My only regret is I didn’t do this sooner,” Mark. S, recent LASIK patient at Shofner Vision Center.
Even if you achieved perfect vision after LASIK, it's essential that you attend all your follow-up exams after your surgery. A vision test will be performed at each appointment to access the healing process, and address any questions or concerns you may have. Most surgeons schedule one day, one-week, one-month, three-month, six-month, 12-month, and other periodic appointments to ensure the procedure was successful, and there are no signs of complications.
Some people mistakenly believe that if they have their vision corrected with LASIK, they no longer need to schedule routine eye exams. Even with perfect vision, routine eye exams are necessary to check your eyes for signs of serious eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration.
It’s important to know that LASIK cannot slow or prevent normal aging changes in your eyes, including the age-related loss of near focusing ability called presbyopia. Sometime after age 40, you will need reading glasses, even if you achieve perfect vision from LASIK surgery. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) offers additional tips to maintain your 20/20 vision.
LASIK is beneficial for many people with nearsightedness or astigmatism. Complications are generally rare, but postoperative care is key. Scheduled eye exams after LASIK will help ensure the eye is healing and the best possible outcome is achieved. If it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam or you are experiencing any vision changes or discomfort, contact Shofner Vision Center at (615) 340-4733 or schedule your appointment online.