The LASIK success rate – or LASIK outcomes – is well understood with literally thousands of clinical studies looking at visual acuity and patient satisfaction. The latest research reports 99 percent of patients achieve better than 20/40 vision and more than 90 percent achieve 20/20 or better. In addition, LASIK has an unprecedented 96 percent patient satisfaction rate – the highest of any elective procedure. (Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Vol. 42, Issue 8, August 2016, Pages 1224-1234).
For those considering a vision correction procedure, understanding the LASIK success rate is an important as part of your research as well as understanding what these rates mean for your own vision goals.
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.
Researchers have looked into LASIK patient satisfaction including how happy patients are with their vision to how has it impacted quality of life.
When talking about the LASIK success rate, it’s also important to understand potential risks and complications.
When talking about the LASIK success rate, there is only one measurement that matters: Does it give you what you want? Does it help you achieve your own vision goals? Is your lifestyle or your career enhanced?
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