If you're considering LASIK laser eye surgery to improve your vision, it's important to ask yourself and your doctor the right questions. LASIK is a safe and effective procedure that has been approved by the FDA since 1999, allowing thousands of people to enjoy significant improvements in their vision, job performance, and quality of life. However, it's important to understand the risks and benefits of the procedure before making a decision. At the Assil Gaur Ophthalmological Institute, we take the safety of our patients very seriously.
We have implemented safety protocols for COVID-19 patients that exceed all CDC recommendations. Before opting for treatment, you should evaluate your eye health over the past year to determine if your vision has been stable. If you're taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications, it's important to ask your doctor about any potential interactions with LASIK surgery. It's also important to consider whether you really need treatment.
While LASIK is very safe, you should think carefully about whether it's the right choice for you. Discussing this with your doctor will help you get a better idea of how appropriate laser eye surgery is for your individual needs. At the Orange County LASIK Institute, we believe that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. We are constantly reviewing our protocols, technology and procedures to ensure that the LASIK procedure is as safe as possible.
National complication rates can range from 1 to 3%. We recommend a highly experienced surgeon who can provide personalized care and has performed at least 80 to 150 surgeries per month.With this in mind, we've compiled a selection of questions you should ask yourself and your surgeon before opting for surgery. These questions will help you determine if you have a reasonable chance of success and satisfaction with LASIK surgery and if you are willing to accept the unknowns that are part of any medical procedure.
- Do I really need treatment?
- Has my eyesight been stable over the past year?
- What is the national improvement rate?
- What is the minimum age for LASIK surgery?
- What is the surgeon's experience level?
- Are there any potential interactions with medications I'm taking?