I am often asked about laser surgery . The intrigue is understandable. The newest surgical technique, called LASIK, is generating a lot of publicity.The promise of a fast, simple procedure to eliminate your vision problems is alluring.

In some cases, the new technique lives up to its promise. Many patients are delighted with their results. As is the case with all types of surgery, however, laser surgery is not a cure-all and there are risks that accompany the benefits.

Here are the most important things to know:

  • Some people are better candidates for LASIK (and other types of laser surgery) than others. Whether you are a good candidate depends on factors such as your prescription, your eye health, your corneal structure and your visual needs. I can consider your visual needs with you to help you decide if laser surgery is best for you.
  • Laser surgery is not a cure-all. Having the surgery does not guarantee that you will not need to wear contacts or glasses again. Your prescription will continue to change and most people still need reading glasses when they are over 40. Besides for reading, the glasses are necessary for all close activities such as seeing your meal, conversation, reading your watch, and computer work.
  • Laser surgery is not without risks and you should fully understand the risks before electing to have the surgery.
    These cautions not withstanding, laser surgery can provide an excellent solution and can help you see better without contacts or glasses. Before choosing the surgery, I strongly advise you to educate yourself thoroughly on the procedure-- its benefits and its shortcomings. I would be happy to advise you on this very important decision.
  • If you do decide to have laser surgery, make sure to keep up with your regular eye examinations for the rest of your life. Conditions such as glaucoma and retinal detachments are more likely in the people who have high myopia. It is precisely this at-risk community who are choosing laser surgery. More often than not, they do not continue with regular eye examinations in the many years after "throwing their glasses away".