Are you Avoiding LASIK for These Reasons? | Stuart P. Sondheimer, MD | Skokie, IL The LASIK vision-correcting procedure is one of the most studied. Each time researchers have looked closely at this surgery, they have concluded that it is safe and effective. The data that is available on LASIK is extensive; and yet, doubt still sometimes overrides that data. One of the reasons we think this may be the case is because the standard online content is much easier to digest than lengthy academic research text.

There is a lot to consider if you’re interested in eye surgery. What you may want to focus on is the value you will gain from being able to remove the constant need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. What you may end up focusing on are all the seemingly-logical ideas about LASIK. Doing this, though, may create apprehension where it doesn’t belong. Let’s put an end to that here.

Truth: LASIK can correct even more advanced refractive errors.

LASIK has been performed throughout the world for two-plus decades. That is a lot of time for surgeons to refine this procedure. In the years of use, surgeons have been able to successfully improve mild to strong errors, reducing patients’ need for eyeglasses. Rather than self-diagnose that your vision is “too bad” for LASIK, get accurate information. Schedule a comprehensive exam and consultation with an experienced LASIK provider. We’re happy to see you in our Deerfield, Skokie, or Park Ridge office.

Truth: LASIK can improve both farsightedness and astigmatism.

One of the biggest questions that create confusion in potential LASIK patients is “will it work for me?”

Let’s first look at the answer for astigmatism. Yes, LASIK can improve astigmatism because this refractive error is directly related to the shape of the cornea, and that’s what LASIK was developed for. Astigmatism creates rather pointed ends to what should be a spherical shape. In LASIK, these ends are rounded to allow light to pass through appropriately.

Farsightedness also occurs when the light does not make a direct transition through the cornea to the back of the eye. The issue is not necessarily the shape of the cornea, but the size of the eye itself. When the distance from the front to the back of the eye is too short, light misses its mark and lands behind the retina. The way that LASIK works to correct this problem is by reshaping the cornea to account for the shortened distance between the front and the back of the eye.

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