LASEK Pros and Cons

  • February 1, 2017

lasik-pros-and-consLASEK is a refractive surgery that uses a laser on one or both eyes to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASEK corrects your vision by reshaping your cornea to improve how your eye focuses. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to consider the potential benefits and risks. Carefully weigh the LASEK pros and cons listed below.

LASEK Pros

  • No more glasses or contacts. The idea of no longer needing to wear glasses or contacts may seem too good to be true. Although some LASEK patients will still need glasses for reading or up-close tasks, most patients can say goodbye to the hassle of corrective lenses.
  • Improved vision right away. Roughly 80% of the people who choose LASEK surgery will notice an immediate improvement in their vision.
  • Quick and easy procedure. LASEK is an outpatient procedure that can be done right in the doctor’s office as opposed to a more intensive/invasive surgery in a hospital. The treatment can take as little as 20 minutes to complete, and results might be noticed before you ever leave the office.

LASEK Cons

  • LASEK is permanent. Unfortunately, after electing to have laser eye surgery, there is no going back. Any improvement or damage to the eye is irreversible.
  • Although LASEK eye surgery has become a common procedure, it is still expensive. In addition, because it is generally an elective operation, medical insurance may not cover the expense.
  • Possible complications. Some LASEK patients experience negative vision challenges that interfere with their daily functions. These potential impairments include: light sensitivity, blurry vision, double vision, severe astigmatism, halo vision, starburst vision.
  • Reading glasses needed as you age. As people age their eyes change shape and corrective lenses are usually needed.

For many Rogers patients, the benefits of LASEK eye surgery far outweigh the risks. To learn more about LASEK pros and cons, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cole by contacting BoozmanHof at 800-428-3937 or boozmanhof.com.