Surprising Benefits of LASIK

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Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 by Dr. Robert Mack
Comfortable LASIK procedure Hoffman Estates

Many of the patients who trust Mack Eye Center with their LASIK vision correction surgery ask the very same question: Why didn’t I do this sooner?

That’s because the full array of day-to-day benefits becomes apparent only after your vision awakens to the clarity, convenience and freedom of life without lenses. Below, the experienced vision care professionals of Mack Eye Center frame a few of the many advantages offered by today’s LASIK.

Clear Vision

Changes in the shape of the cornea are what cause farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. By reshaping the cornea with a cool-to-the-touch surgical laser, your doctor can ensure that images received by the eye are focused on the retina with maximum clarity. It’s the difference between a high-definition screen and a circa-1970 brought-to-you-in-living-color television picture.

Your “Prescription” Stays the Same

For most patients, LASIK is a once-and-done procedure that permanently corrects vision. That means no more annual adjustments to your prescription, and an end to the substantial expense of new frames, lenses and contacts. The long-lasting benefit of LASIK is especially true for patients who undergo the procedure after their eyes have fully matured, which typically happens in the early to mid-20s.

In the few cases in which nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism reappears years after LASIK, it will never be as extreme as it was before the surgery. A study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology found that among patients whose LASIK corrected for extreme myopia, just 6 percent opted for a LASIK enhancement to fine-tune their vision within 10 years of the surgery.

Comfort, Convenience and Freedom

The convenience and comfort begin with the procedure itself, which takes about a half hour and involves very little discomfort, if any. In fact, the laser will be in contact with your eye for 40 seconds or less.

With the laser’s precise corneal incision, healing and recovery are quick, too. There’s no need for stitches or bandages, and your work or school routine will hardly be impacted. Within a day you will be seeing clearly, with a whole new perspective on the colors, vistas and dimensions that surround you.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of LASIK, schedule an appointment today at Mack Eye Center, conveniently located in Hoffman Estates.