The Pros and Cons of LASIK Eye Surgery

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LASIK eye surgery has been successfully restoring vision in patients for years. Just like any other procedure, however, it is important to weigh the benefits and risks. Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center can reduce complications and provide clear results thanks to new LASIK technology.

Are you interested in reducing your dependence on glasses and other visual aids? Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Young H. Choi can review the process with you and whether the procedure is worth it. Contact us to learn about LASIK side effects and more in Birmingham, AL.

LASIK eye surgery explained

LASIK is a refractive procedure that uses a computer-guided laser to change the shape of the cornea. We begin the treatment by creating a thin flap on the surface of the cornea. The flap is then lifted so we can reshape the underlying tissue. Once this is accomplished, the flap is replaced so it can heal naturally. Patients enjoy the long-term effects of LASIK if they experience nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism.

The pros of LASIK

Chances are you may have lost or forgotten your glasses at some point. The most obvious benefit of LASIK is that patients will not have to rely on visual aids as much as they did before. Active individuals who play sports also no longer need to keep track of glasses or contact lenses during games. This is perfect for individuals who swim or play football, baseball, and other contact sports.

Besides the lifestyle benefits LASIK provides, patients can enjoy fast and efficient outpatient surgery that takes as little as 30 minutes. Patients can return home immediately afterward and see results by the following day. Your eyesight will continue to improve over the next 7 – 14 days. Since the long-term effects of LASIK in Birmingham, AL are permanent, you can enjoy great vision for a lifetime.

The cons of LASIK

As we mentioned, there are some considerations before going into LASIK eye surgery. For example, the cost of laser eye surgery can seem intimidating, and we understand it is a big investment. However, patients can compare the one-time cost of LASIK to purchasing new frames and prescription contacts every year. LASIK may even save you money in the long run.

You may also experience some unwanted LASIK side effects following surgery. Most people find that they have dry eyes or irritation. These side effects are minimal and should dissipate within a few weeks. Dr. Choi can give you prescription eye drops or even offer Lipiflow treatment to manage any discomfort.

Complications with this laser eye surgery are rare and can be corrected with a future procedure. Dr. Choi is proud to offer new LASIK technology to minimize these risks as much as possible. During an eye examination, our clinic can make sure you are an ideal candidate for LASIK as this will ensure a safe procedure.

Enjoy the long-term effects of LASIK

Ultimately, LASIK is a personal choice. If you want to free yourself from the limitations of glasses and treat refractive errors like nearsightedness or farsightedness, laser eye surgery is a convenient option. Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center offers new LASIK technology to provide patients with wonderful results. Learn about potential LASIK side effects and more by reaching out to Dr. Young H. Choi in Birmingham, AL.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.