Dr. Hamilton’s Response
“Absolutely. LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that reshapes the cornea (front window of the eye) to correct vision. When first approved in 1998, doctors worried about complications and, for that reason, advised patients to have one eye corrected and wait a period of time before having the other eye done. Within a few years and from the results of numerous clinical trials, LASIK established a solid safety record, and is now routinely done on both eyes at a time.
In certain situations, patients experience side effects such as dry eye and glare/halos in dim light. These resolve typically within 3-6 months in most patients. These side effects are much less common with newer laser technologies, and less troublesome with better treatments for dry eye.
Not every patient is a good candidate for the LASIK procedure. There are other laser surgery options, including PRK (photo refractive keratectomy, a vision correction procedure that pre-dates LASIK) and SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction, the latest vision correction procedure), to correct nearsightedness. Talk to your doctor about which he/she recommends.”
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