lASIK: A COMPReHenSIVe GUIDe
Is LASIK surgery the right choice or you? LASIK has delighted millions o patientsworldwide, but it is not suited or everyone. As a patient, it is important that you havea clear understanding o the surgery, the procedure’s advantages and risks, and whetheror not you would make a good candidate.Tat’s why the American Academy o Ophthalmology and the International Societyo Reractive Surgery have developed this comprehensive guide on LASIK. It providesobjective inormation rom the country’s leading LASIK experts, the U.S. Food andDrug Administration (FDA) and the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company.LASIK was rst approved or use by the FDA in and has been gaining steadilyin popularity. Each year, approximately , Americans have the procedure andthe vast majority o patients are happy with their results. As with all surgery, however,there are risks associated with the procedure. As a result, some patients have experi-enced complications or side eects that have negatively aected their eyes and qualityo lie. Te inormation provided here is intended to help you:Understand what LASIK is;
Be aware o what would make you a good or poor candidate or LASIK;
Be aware o and understand the possible risks and complications o LASIK;
Select a surgeon;
Evaluate LASIK advertising; and
Become amiliar with the Inormed Consent process.
what Is lASIK?
lASIK (asr i situ kratomiusis)
is an outpatient surgical procedure used totreat nearsightedness, arsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK cannot reverse presby-opia, the age-related loss o close-up ocusing power, which mainly aects near vision.With LASIK, the ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) uses a laser to reshape the cornea,which is located at the ront o the eye. Tis improves the way the eye ocuses light raysonto the retina, at the back o the eye, allowing or better vision.
With normal vision, light rays ocus directly on the retina.