Some Lasik Limitations
Colorado Custom LASIK Vision Correction Laser
Eye Surgery with CustomVue Wavefront LASIK Technology in the Denver
& Boulder Metro Area
Laser Vision Correction is an excellent
procedure, but it is not perfect. If you have reasonable expections, you will
find Laser Vision Correction to be one of the most valuable gifts that you will
ever give to yourself. However, not all patients I've Lasered are 100% satisfied
with their Laser Vision Correction results.
Laser Vision Correction is a powerful tool. When used
correctly on properly selected Laser Vision candidates Laser Vision Correction
will, with very high probability, allow you to function without glasses or contacts.
In my opinion, Laser Vision Correction is wonderful, but it is not perfect and
does have limitations.
I would summarize the limitations
of LASIK as follows:
- Your uncorrected vision after
LASIK may not be quite as sharp as your corrected vision was prior to LASIK. There
is a 5% chance that you will need to wear a mild glasses or contact prescription
to "fine tune" your distance vision after LASIK.
is a 7% incidence of retreatment after LASIK. I need to wait approximately two
to three months after the initial procedure before retreating. I want to be sure
that the patients vision has stabilized before I retreat. This waiting period
can be frustrating for patients, because they may need to wear a mild glasses
correction during this period. I give the patients lenses at no charge, to wear,
if needed, during this period so that they can see to function. Retreatments are
painless, very safe, and less than 2% of patients have needed a second retreatment
in my practice. There are no additional charges for retreatments.
Glare after LASIK can be annoying, but it has not been visually significant. Patients
may notice glare around lights and rays coming off of lights at night. Most patients
say that the glare is no worse than they experienced with their contact lenses
or glasses. The glare diminishes over time, usually within three to six months.
- Patients over forty years of age must adapt to their age-related
loss of close vision. They must either wear reading glasses for near and possibly
computer distance or they will have to adapt to Monovision. Monovision
correction allows patients to see at near and far without correction, but they
may need to wear mild glasses correction for night driving, or when they read,
or work on the computer for extended periods of time.
Dryness of the eyes is a very common after LASIK. It usually lasts for two to
three months after LASIK, and resolves without further problem. The dryness is
usually easily treated with lubricating eye drops.
No matter how miraculous LASIK is, it still takes time to adjust to the change
in vision after LASIK. When you get new glasses, it can take weeks to adapt to
the new prescription. LASIK is like getting a marvelous new pair of glasses, but
it can still takes weeks to adjust. Vision may fluctuate mildly for two to three
months after LASIK.
If you need
further information, or would like to schedule a free, complimentary
consultation, please call my office at 303-393-0347, or toll free at 1-877-393-0347.
Rose Medical Plaza,
4545 East Ninth Avenue, #270, Denver, CO 80220