The military frequently utilizes LASIK over glasses and contact lenses as a safe way for soldiers to see better under challenging conditions. A study of Navy pilots who had undergone LASIK found that 95.9% believed that LASIK had improved their effectiveness as naval aviators and 99.6% would recommend the same treatment to others. This peer-reviewed study was published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in July 2013.
This is powerful information, but as a patient you still need to ask important questions to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK. In the end, a patient’s decision to have LASIK must be a truly informed decision, driven by information from the ophthalmologist chosen to perform the procedure. And even if you decide you want LASIK surgery, you may be one of approximately 20% of potential patients who, during testing, are deemed ineligible for LASIK. You must have the right eyeglass prescription, the proper corneal curvature and thickness, and be free of autoimmune and other diseases.
The choice of an ophthalmologist is equally important. Make sure you choose an experienced, board-certified ophthalmologist. Search several directories when looking for an eye surgeon, in order to gather a more complete picture of the surgeons available in your area. Most ranking sites do not check physician credentials, so be sure to research their credentials thoroughly prior to making a final decision.
Whichever ophthalmologist you choose, you should discuss risk factors with your doctor and carefully weigh the benefits and risks before deciding to undergo this or any surgery. LASIK is not for everyone. If you have questions, it may be a good idea to get a second opinion.