What are the LASIK advantages and disadvantages?

The significant benefit of LASIK eye surgery is that it’s an accurate procedure.

We can correct a wide range of refractive errors or focusing problems when we reshape the cornea. There is almost no pain, it’s safe, and the recovery is very rapid.1

Healing takes place within three hours, and vision recovery occurs overnight.

The ten most-cited LASIK benefits

  1. More convenience
  2. Nearly immediate vision improvement
  3. Long-term cost savings
  4. Permanent correction of short-sightedness and long-sightedness and astigmatism
  5. Boosted self-confidence
  6. Lower risk compared with contact lenses or lens-based surgery
  7. Positive impact on eye allergies
  8. High patient satisfaction
  9. Virtually painless procedure
  10. The quick and easy recovery process

The disadvantage of LASIK is that we make a corneal flap.

That can be a disadvantage for a tiny number of people because they could injure the flap. That might apply to you if you are in the military or the emergency services or involved in contact sports.

Therefore, LASIK may not be the best treatment for you.

Instead, you may be a better candidate for having a surface laser or SmartSight.

If you would like to learn more about laser vision correction and understand which treatment options will be most appropriate for you to free you from having to wear glasses and contact lenses, please book online for a free laser vision assessment.

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Dr. Matthew Russell


Laser eye and cataract surgery specialist

With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I understand that medical and surgical eye care is a serious undertaking. I take the time to address whatever questions and concerns you might have. I believe everyone’s eyes are unique and require a customised solution tailored to your needs and goals.

My combination of education, training and experience positions me to provide optimal results for patients of all ages. I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I have hand-picked a team of professionals that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.

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