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LASIK Safety

Dr. Andrew Miller with LASIK patient

For over 20 years, LASIK has given millions of patients around the world restored sight and freedom from glasses and contacts! LASIK is now globally recognized as one of the safest elective medical procedures, with the highest patient satisfaction rate.

As with any surgery or medical procedure, it’s important to make sure proper safety standards are in place. At Associates in Ophthalmology, we use the safest and most advanced method of LASIK currently available, incorporating several of the newest advancements into one safe, effective, and smooth procedure.

Our LASIK procedures are even safer and effective thanks to the customization that wavefront mapping and the IntraLase FS laser allow. Our IntraLase FS laser uses high precision to aid in the creation of the corneal flap during the LASIK procedure, firing 15,000 pulses per second into the cornea, allowing our surgeon to create a flap at a depth and diameter appropriate for each individual patient. In addition to the increased accuracy, patients who undergo LASIK with the IntraLase FS laser are also less likely to need a follow-up procedure compared to other previous technologies.


Studies have shown that the LASIK procedure poses very little risk of complication, with an overall complication rate of a fraction of one percent. Complications such as loss of vision from LASIK surgery are extraordinarily rare, and most side effects from surgery can be resolved through follow-up procedures or medical treatment. Not only has LASIK proven itself to be safe and effective, but it can also reduce the risks that poor vision can impose on an individual’s daily life by improving both day and night vision, as well as one’s overall life.

It’s important to note that there are also several risks associated with wearing contact lenses, including a high rate of bacterial eye infections and corneal ulcers. In fact, research states that LASIK can be safer than the long-term use of soft contact lenses throughout an individual’s life.

By completing a thorough, comprehensive examination and evaluation of an individual’s eye health prior to LASIK surgery, we are able to reduce or prepare for any potential risks or complications that may arise during the LASIK procedure, as well as determine whether they are a suitable candidate for LASIK.


For those who have chosen to undergo LASIK surgery and reap the lifetime of benefits, here is a little checklist to help ensure that you have a safe and successful LASIK surgery:


If you have any further questions regarding the safety of LASIK, the LASIK procedure, or the technology we use at Associates in Ophthalmology, feel free to contact us or give us a call directly at 973-992-5200.

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