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Can LASIK Provide Better Vision than Glasses or Contacts?

LasikThis is a question our team hears frequently from men and women who are interested in ditching their contacts and/or glasses for LASIK surgery. While the results of this advanced refractive procedure will vary from patient to patient, the majority of individuals who undergo LASIK report that their vision is about the same – if not slightly better – than it was when wearing glasses or contacts prior to surgery. Some key factors that can influence the degree of vision improvement achieved may include:

  • The health and shape of your corneas
  • Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism
  • The severity of your visual impairment
  • The amount and quality of tears your eyes produce
  • The skill of your surgeon
  • The LASIK technology being utilized
  • Your age and overall expectations
  • Here at Grochmal Eye Center, Dr. Jay C. Grochmal performs LASIK surgery using the Alcon Allegretto WaveLight® EX500 excimer laser in combination with the Alcon FS200 femtosecond laser (to create the corneal flap) to help ensure patients achieve the safest, most accurate results possible. The advantages to this newer technology are highly precise treatments, less dehydration to the cornea, and less influences from patient eye movements. Ultimately, there is a minimal chance that your post-LASIK vision may not be quite as good as it was with contacts or glasses, but regardless of whether or not this is the outcome, you should generally not require prescription eyewear to perform the majority of your daily activities.

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    If you have any additional questions, or if you are interested in scheduling a LASIK consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today.