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Is LASIK safe?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions about LASIK eye surgery.

With more than 40 million procedures having been performed worldwide and close to 20 million being in the US, LASIK is one of the most popular and studied elective procedures performed. The high rate of patient satisfaction with visual outcomes, as well as the percentage of patients that refer their friends, family, and co-workers to have LASIK is largely due to the very low complication rate and risk factors associated with LASIK. From a statistical perspective, recent studies report that the rate of infection found in one year of extended contact lens use led to three times the infection rate (microbial keratitis) when compared to LASIK.

  • LASIK is one of the most studied elective surgical procedures in the world. To date, more than 7,000 clinical studies on LASIK have been conducted. The tremendous amount of published data supports the safety and effectiveness of the LASIK procedure.
  • Many patients report their vision after LASIK is better than the vision they had with their glasses or contacts.
  • LASIK eye surgery may be a better vision solution than contact lenses. Contact lenses require significant daily care. Without this daily care, contact lenses could lead to eye infections, some of which could be eye-health and even vision threatening. Not to mention, this ritual can just be a time-consuming pain. After the short period of LASIK recovery, there isn’t any daily maintenance to have to worry about.
  • In the more than 40 million procedures performed worldwide, LASIK has never been the reported primary, exclusive cause of blindness.