LASIK is a corrective vision procedure that continues to grow in popularity. The reason for this popularity is not just the desire that patients have to free themselves from the hassles and responsibilities of glasses and contact lenses, but also from the proven success rate of this procedure. For thousands of patients worldwide, LASIK has improved vision and reduced, if not completely eliminated, the need for prescriptive eyewear. LASIK has been shown to be an effective treatment for many forms of vision impairment, especially when performed under optimal conditions on ideal candidates for treatment. For Dr. William E. Holcomb’s Cullman patients, LASIK success rates are extremely high, thanks in large part to the expertise and experience of Dr. Holcomb, as well as his use of the most advanced LASIK technologies.
How Does LASIK Work?
LASIK uses a powerful excimer laser to make alterations to the shape of the cornea. By correcting irregularities, Dr. Holcomb allows light to be properly focused on the retina; this can improve vision and correct impairments such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Dr. Holcomb offers his patients bladeless LASIK and uses wavefront technology to ensure that each procedure is customized to the unique needs of each patient. This advanced technology, along with Dr. Holcomb’s expertise, increases the already high rates of LASIK surgery success.
When patients ask us how successful LASIK surgery can be, we point to the typical results that our patients get from treatment. In many cases, patients are able to completely eliminate the use of prescriptive lenses. In fact, 99 percent of our patients report that they are able to see clearly without the use of any glasses or contact lenses following LASIK surgery; 94 percent of these patients achieve 20/20 vision or better after LASIK surgery. These are overwhelmingly successful results. Fortunately for our patients, these results are also long-lasting, because LASIK actually changes the way the eyes see, rather than temporarily correcting vision, as glasses and contact lenses do.
While we want patients to understand the potential of LASIK surgery, it is also important to have realistic expectations for the results of surgery. It is important for patients to undergo LASIK surgery only after they have had a steady eyewear prescription for at least one year. Still, as the eyes age, it is possible that vision will worsen. Because of this, a small number of our patients may require a secondary LASIK procedure somewhere down the road. Similarly, some patients (especially those in their 40s or older) may still require the use of reading glasses after a LASIK procedure due to presbyopia; this form of vision impairment is not typically responsive to LASIK surgery. Still, for the majority of patients, the results of LASIK are just what they had hoped for: freedom from prescription eyewear.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are considering LASIK surgery, you want to be under the care of an experienced and skilled surgeon. Dr. William E. Holcomb is a LASIK eye surgeon with a proven record of success. To learn if LASIK is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Holcomb at your earliest convenience. We look forward to meeting you!