Maximizing the Success of Your LASIK Results

Considered one of the most experienced laser eye surgeons in the Baltimore area, Dr. Sonny Goel can help you understand what kind of LASIK results you can expect at his Baltimore, MD, practice. While the LASIK procedure has a high rate of success, an individual’s unique needs have a huge impact on the end result. Contact us today to learn about the benefits of LASIK, and how it can help improve your quality of life.

What You Can Expect from LASIK

For most patients, LASIK offers remarkable results. While it can take several months for vision to stabilize after surgery, you have a good chance of achieving 20/25 vision or better. As a result, patients are far less dependent on glasses or contacts, rarely requiring corrective eyewear for daily activities. LASIK results have been shown to last at least ten years or more.

The pre-surgery status of your vision is a significant indicator of where you will end up after LASIK surgery. The type and degree of visual error a patient suffers from can greatly affect their results. Generally, those with only a low degree of nearsightedness report the best LASIK results. Patients with farsightedness, astigmatisms, or a high degree of nearsightedness experience improvement in vision, however, their results are often less predictable.

Potential Complications

While LASIK is a low-risk surgery, patients should still be aware of potential problems. As with any surgical procedure, patients run the risk of developing an infection or complication at the treatment site. You could also experience issues such as chronic dry eye or blurred vision. Many patients report seeing halos, haze, and glare in their vision after LASIK surgery. However, as your eye heals, these effects typically diminish on their own.

While LASIK surgery improves a patient's uncorrected vision, it can sometimes lower their best possible vision. Best possible vision refers to how well a person sees with corrective eyewear. For example, a patient may have 20/100 vision when not wearing glasses, but with glasses, their vision is closer to 20/20. But after LASIK, their uncorrected vision becomes 20/40. While a major improvement, their best possible vision is now much lower than before. Although a rare occurrence, a decrease in best possible vision is possible.

How to Maximize Results

Immediately following your surgery, you can take a number of steps to improve your chances of success. If complications arise, they typically appear in the first few months following surgery, which makes short-term behaviors especially important for long-term success.

While complications after surgery are rare, maintaining your routine appointments can help further reduce risks. Keeping track of changes or side effects can help identify potential problems early on.

We will provide you with detailed after-care instructions. These directions can vary from patient to patient, and depend on your health and treatment needs. Using your prescribed eye drops, or other medications, is one of the most important steps to follow. You will be advised to wear eye protection day and night, avoid touching your eyes, and abstain from applying lotions or eye makeup. You will also be asked to avoid strenuous exercise or outdoor activities for several weeks.

Your follow-up appointments are equally essential to a successful recovery. However, since the results following LASIK happen immediately, patients tend to skip these appointments. While complications after surgery are rare, maintaining these routine appointments can help further reduce risks. Keeping track of changes or side effects can help identify potential problems early on.

Reach Out Today

Dr. Goel strongly believes that you should have as much information as possible, so that you can make well-informed decisions about improving your vision. Schedule your consultation today to learn about your chances for success after LASIK surgery.