Achieving 20/20 Vision with LASIK
By William Holcomb on February 14, 2017
Having to rely on prescription lenses just to achieve the clear vision that others enjoy naturally can be frustrating. Most individuals with vision impairment imagine what it would be like to benefit from crisp vision without glasses or contact lenses. Fortunately, LASIK offers patients the opportunity to make that dream a reality. LASIK reshapes the cornea to eliminate the imperfections that cause vision impairment such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK is a safe procedure that provides exceptional results. In many cases, LASIK provides 20/20 vision for our Madison, WI patients.
Not too long ago, patients who suffered from vision impairment had few treatment options to consider other than glasses and contact lenses. Since LASIK was developed, it has quickly become the standard in refractive vision treatment. The simple reason for LASIK’s fast-growing popularity is its results.
LASIK has proven to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for vision impairment. But just how good are LASIK results? According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 96 percent of patients achieve 20/20 vision or better after undergoing LASIK.
Just about everyone has heard of 20/20 vision, but not everyone understands exactly what that means. So how do those LASIK results translate to the real world?
20/20 vision is what is considered to be “normal” vision. Essentially, an average person without vision impairment can read the first eight rows of a standard eye chart when standing 20 feet away. If someone has 20/40 vision, they would need to be twice as close, or ten feet away, to read those same eight rows clearly. If a person has better than 20/20 vision, say 20/10, then they can read those same eight rows from further back than 20 feet.
In short, what all this means is that, in the majority of cases, patients who undergo LASIK surgery achieve “normal” unimpaired vision, or better. The great thing about these typical LASIK results is that they allow patients to see clearly without relying on prescription lenses.
Many patients with vision impairment are eager to find out if they are LASIK candidates. To be considered an ideal LASIK candidate, patients must meet the following criteria:
- The patient must be at least 18 years or older
- The patient must have a vision prescription that has remained steady for at least one year
- The patient should have good overall eye health (no presence of infection or disease)
- The patient’s cornea must be thick enough to allow for the creation of a corneal flap
- The patient must not be pregnant or nursing
While these are the basic guidelines for LASIK candidacy, the best way to determine whether LASIK is right for you is to undergo a consultation with an experienced LASIK surgeon, such as those at the Holcomb Laser Center.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are tired of relying on glasses or contact lenses to provide clear vision, it is time to consider LASIK. LASIK can enhance your vision and likely leave you free of prescription lenses altogether. To find out if LASIK is right for you, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced eye doctors at Holcomb Laser Center.
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