By Max Parikh
Last week, a number of national news reports raised concerns about one of the most widely performed elective surgeries in the nation: LASIK eye-correction surgery. The stories contained outdated and misleading information about one of the most thoroughly studied and investigated surgical procedures in all of medicine.
LASIK has been performed more than 9 million times in the United States over the past 25 years. LASIK is the safest, most successful, and most widely studied elective procedure in the world, with the highest patient satisfaction rate of any elective procedure. In fact, a recent FDA-led study found that more than 95 percent of patients were satisfied with their visual results.
However, the negative stories last week included dramatic patient testimonials, casting doubt on the safety and legitimacy of this procedure. That is why it should be clearly stated that complications from LASIK eye surgery are extremely rare with qualified LASIK candidates, especially when properly screened and treated with the most advanced equipment by an experienced surgeon.
The benefits of LASIK are life-changing, and go beyond correcting vision to improve occupational fitness, lifestyle, convenience, safety and financial freedom. The stories from my patients whose lives have been dramatically improved continue to prove the safety and efficacy of this procedure.
If you are considering LASIK eye correction, please look beyond last week’s theatrical headlines and have a meaningful conversation with your ophthalmologist about your candidacy for the procedure and well-studied patient outcomes.
Dr. Max Parikh is a San Diego ophthalmologist and founding partner with Advanced Ophthalmology Institute, an NVISION company. Parikh has been the Chargers football team’s ophthalmologist since 2003.