Lasik Eye Surgery. (Consumer Tips ...)

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Lasik Eye Surgery. (Consumer Tips ...)


Millions of Americans wear glasses or contacts to correct their vision, and for many, laser eye surgery has become a quick fix. Lasik eye surgery, a 30-minute procedure that corrects vision problems by changing the shape of the cornea, is the most common type of eye surgery in the United States.

However, of the estimated 1 million people who undergo the procedure each year, 10,000 to 50,000 experience various side effects ranging from discomfort and double vision to painful Dry Eye Syndrome, reports the Washington Post. After the surgery, some patients still require corrective lenses and, in rare cases, loss of vision can occur.

In order to educate the public and prevent possible complications, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery has issued guidelines so patients can decide whether Lasik surgery is right for them. Some important guidelines potential patients should consider:

* Lasik surgery most commonly reduces the need for corrective eyewear and corrects blurry eyesight. It cannot cure aging problems, such as presbyopia, that prevent older adults from being able to see near and far objects through the same lenses. …

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