LASIK Surgery Facts

lasik eye surgery factsLASIK eye surgery is one of the most successful procedures performed in this country and the world.

Meta-analysis done in March 2008 by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery revealed a 95.4 percent patient satisfaction rate among LASIK surgery patients worldwide. This analysis included more than 3,000 peer-reviewed articles published over the past 10 years in clinical journals from around the world, including 19 studies comprising 2,200 patients that looked directly at satisfaction.

LASIK is one of the safest procedures performed in this country.

On October 10, 2006, WebMD reported that statistical analysis revealed that infection risk from wearing contact lenses is greater than the infection risk from LASIK eye surgery.

LASIK is safer than contact lenses in terms of infection.

According to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, October 2006 edition, researchers have confirmed that LASIK surgery as it is performed now safer than contact lens use. Sight threatening infections from contact lens use occur in 1 in 2,000 contact lens wearers, whereas the study confirms that only one in 10,000 patients risk significant vision loss due to complications from LASIK. This makes LASIK eye surgery the safest elective procedure being performed today.

LASIK is less expensive than contacts.

A three month supply of a typical contact lens costs about $44. That’s $176 a year. Most people start wearing contacts in their teens. If you wear contacts from age 20 to age 45 that’s 25 years of contact lens wear! Assuming that the price never increases, which is unlikely, that’s 25 x $176 which equals $4,400!

LASIK is less time consuming than contacts.

If you spend 1 minute per day putting your contacts in and taking them out that’s 365 minutes per year. LASIK surgery only takes about 4 minutes per eye. Envision what you could do with the other 357 minutes!

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