Understanding the LASIK Success Rate
One of the most common questions eye surgeons are asked is: What is the LASIK success rate? To help answer the question let’s break down the definition of LASIK outcomes. LASIK outcomes are measured by a variety of factors, including visual acuity – the sharpness of your vision – and overall patient satisfaction. Visual acuity is the sharpness of your vision. It’s a static measurement usually taken in a doctor’s office while you are sitting still. Most consider 20/20 (the ability to read the eye chart at 20 feet) to be “normal.” However, the measurement of visual acuity – or 20/20 vision – may not completely define quality of vision for everyone. Some people further define quality of vision by degrees of clarity, contrast sensitivity, reaction time and other factors.
When talking about the LASIK success rate, think about what matters to you. Does it give you what you want? Does it help you achieve your own vision goals? Is your lifestyle or your career enhanced? Studies about patient satisfaction after surgery show that one of the most important factors is whether the surgery meets the patient’s expectations. To figure out your LASIK success rate, ask yourself what you expect to get out of laser vision correction surgery.
Why are you thinking about LASIK?
How do you think LASIK will make your life better?
A good place to start is to write down your expectations. This is extremely valuable both for you and your surgeon in mapping out a recommended course of action. A lot of people have heard good things about LASIK and expect that it will improve their lives. But they don’t always take a long, detailed look at what that means – what LASIK will help them do, do better, or enjoy more. Setting personal vision goals will help you define your LASIK success. Reasons for wanting good – or even excellent – vision are as different as the people who are thinking about LASIK. For anyone with vision problems, there are a million reasons to consider LASIK.
People in many careers depend on LASIK. Professional athletes turn to LASIK because they need a special kind of precise vision – for example, the ability to see depth and contrast, so they can see and react to the motion of a ball seen against a crowd, or read its spin to know where it’s going. And playing a sport means you need to deal with tough conditions, too: dirt, dust, wind, glare, and sweat. That’s not an easy environment for eyeglasses or contacts. People in many other careers turn to LASIK – photographers, artists, engineers, and scientists who need the sharpest possible vision to do their work. There are hundreds of thousands of people who can say that their LASIK success rate is their ability to do great work, to work at what they love, or just to be able to work at all.
People turn to LASIK not just for work but also for play and to follow their passions. Your LASIK success might be measured not by your job but by how much you’re enjoying your lifestyle and your life. People also turn to LASIK when they’re on the threshold of major life events – graduating from college, getting married, starting families (ever tried to run after your small kids while keeping your glasses in place?). Of course, LASIK success doesn’t have to involve any activity at all. Many people measure LASIK success rates just by the pure pleasure of having the best possible vision and the freedom to do without contacts – or to never again be forced to grope on the nightstand to find their glasses in the middle of the night. No matter what you love to do in life, there may well be a LASIK success story waiting for you.