What is LASIK?
Lasik is a laser based surgery which helps in reducing eye power by altering corneal curvature. Millions of people worldwide have undergone Lasik surgery and got freedom from glasses. It has become a preferred option for many people to get reduced dependence on glasses.
Patient satisfaction after LASIK:
Quality of vision and patient satisfaction after LASIK is difficult to assess as so many factors and parameters must be considered to accurately measure these endpoints. Till date all the surveys that have been conducted so far have shown an overwhelming 90-95% happy and satisfied patient with their results after Lasik. Even though 95% is a great percentage however as a Lasik Surgeon the question is why 100% people are not satisfied after the Lasik surgery? I think again and always ended up with various factors that play a role which I have enlisted below.
Factors to be considered for Lasik:
- Patient age
- Decreased Corneal Toricity
- Increased pupil size.
- Night vision symptoms.
- Dry Eyes
- Reduced contrast sensitivity
- Ablation-zone size
- Active eye tracking etc can affect quality of vision.
These factors can impact patient satisfaction. Controlling these factors thus can improve patient satisfaction. One of the good things is that with newer and more advanced surgeries like wave front guided femto Lasik, Relex Smile Lasik, Topography guided advanced surface ablation can minimize some of these issues. However a lot also depends on the patient expectations and the possibility of good outcomes after the surgery given the variables which may be case based.
Few patient stories and how Lasik changed their life positively:
- A 35 yr old who decided to change careers after lasik:
I often remember Ram’s story when I think about patient satisfaction after Lasik surgery. He came to Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute in Navi Mumbai to explore the option of Lasik surgery. He wanted to learn swimming and wanted to go for diving and decided to get freedom from glasses. A detailed pre-Lasik evaluation was done for him. He was 35 years old and had a moderate myopia. His pupil size was 7.1 mm. Rest of the pre-lasik tests were all good. He wanted to get Femto Lasik done. I discussed with him the possibility of more night vision issues such as glare due to the large pupil size after femto Lasik. He understood the consequences ad still opted to go ahead with the Femto Lasik surgery. He had been one of the happiest people that I have seen after the Lasik surgery. His first diving experience was so awesome that he actually decided to change his profession and got certified to become a profession diver.
In case of Ram the satisfaction was 100%. Such experiences are a delight for Lasik surgeons like me. Similar such patient satisfaction outcomes spring from life changing experiences for many of our patients who undergo Lasik surgery.
2. How Lasik helped Swapnila gain her self-esteem:
Swapnila had always worn thick glasses and in her mind she was an ugly girl. This led to a low self-esteem and affected her entire life style. After her Lasik surgery she started dressing up better. Her outlook and self-image changed completely. She suddenly realized that she is a very pretty girl. Within a year of her Lasik she got married to her prince charming that she had dreamt about and today lives a very happy life. So whether it is a change of profession or change of self-image, Lasik surgery impacts the lives of many such people in a very positive manner. These are the cases where I think the satisfaction rate is more than 100%. Even though they may have some small eye issues after Lasik surgery but the impact on their life is so great that they do not let these minor issues take away their happiness and satisfaction from the procedure.
Perfect yet Imperfect!!
Lasik surgery is not a perfect surgery and has its own limitations. It is important for everyone who is considering Lasik surgery to understand all the nuances, have detailed discussions with their doctors and set their expectations right. Dissatisfaction stems from this mismatch of expectations and actual outcomes after the Lasik surgery.
About Dr. Vandana Jain: Dr. Vandana Jain is an expert Cornea and Lasik surgeon. She has vast experience of performing laser vision correction procedures over a decade. She is well versed with all the latest techniques and advancements in laser vision correction procedures like LASIK, Femto Lasik, Smile Lasik, PRK, etc. Dr. Jain ensures that all the patients undergo a detailed pre Lasik evaluation and then the best procedure and the technique is chosen for the patient to get satisfying results and to ensure long term safety.
About Center for Lasik Surgery at Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute: Center for Lasik Surgery at Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute is one of the best LASIK surgery centers, a modern, well-equipped advanced center for all those who wish to get a laser vision correction procedure done. A very detailed protocol based and meticulous pre-Lasik evaluation is done for all the patients. The advanced equipments like corneal topographer, corneal tomographer, IOL Master, A scan, B scan and OCT machines help us with detailed measurements. The aim is to choose the best procedure for all the patients. AEHI caters to patients from all over Navi Mumbai such as Vashi, Nerul, Kharghar and Panvel besides people traveling from all over western India and the World.
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