Factors Patients Consider When Choosing LASIK Surgery

Factors to consider when deciding if LASIK surgery is right for you

LASIK surgery can help significantly improve nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, some of the most common vision problems, even in those who - if they qualify for surgery - have worn corrective lenses for years. For the same reason, LASIK Laser Vision Correction is the latest and most advanced method of vision correction available today. More than two million men and women worldwide have had their vision improved through this life-changing procedure. If you're considering having your nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism treated through LASIK, you'll achieve the best possible result by making an informed decision based on your level of LASIK knowledge and the surgeon performing your procedure. It has been now shown and established that Pre-operative (phase before LASIK surgery) quality of life and psychological factors are some important elements that significantly influence patient decision making in LASIK.

Quality of life before LASIK
Several studies have clinical trials shown that quality of life is directly affected by the quality, improvement and enhancement in eyesight. Therefore, properly prescribed and implemented LASIK surgery can provide radical improvement for many basic sight problems. Without going into too much technical detail, LASIK surgery basically uses a laser to help reshape the cornea and thus improve the focus of light onto the retina and therefore, improve vision. LASIK surgery can help significantly improve nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, some of the most common vision problems, even in those who - if they qualify for surgery - have worn corrective lenses for years. The following recent clinical trial would help you understand the influence of patient's mind or psychological make up in making a final decision to undergo LASIK surgery.

Exploring the clinical evidence
According to a recent published clinical study / trial which was done to assess pre-operative visual function, psychological factors, personality traits and satisfaction in myopic (near-sighted) patients seeking laser-assisted in situkeratomileusis (LASIK).

The study involved 183 adult patients seeking LASIK and 23 successful contact lens wearers who were not interested in LASIK. Of the 183 patients seeking LASIK who were enrolled in the study before LASIK, 30 declined the procedure and 153 underwent LASIK. Out of these 153 who underwent LASIK, one hundred and two patients attended their 3-month post-operative follow-up appointment and 51 patients failed to present for their post-operative follow-up appointment. Therefore, the data was collected only from these patients. Multiple comparisons were conducted to determine differences in visual function, psychological factors, personality traits and satisfaction between both patient groups. According to the results, successful soft contact lens wearers reported better functional vision felt more attractive had a lower frequency of disturbing visual and ocular symptoms and higher overall satisfaction with their current optical correction than patients seeking LASIK. LASIK patients lost to follow-up showed higher self-efficacy, adaptability and well-being than the patients who completed their appointments and those who declined surgery. Therefore, based on these results, the researchers concluded that various psychological characteristics, the perception of visual and ocular symptoms and satisfaction with the current method of optical correction play an important role in the decision to undergo LASIK procedure. In simple terms, psychological factors (and not always the procedure itself) may influence the level of satisfaction with LASIK.

Conclusion
As LASIK is a surgical laser procedure which is conducted on a delicate part of the eye and its outcome can be significantly influenced by several psychological factors such as patient's thinking, personality traits and lifestyle, it is crucial that patients are well educated on the benefits and risks of the procedure, understand the importance of a thorough screening, and maintain realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcome. While the overwhelming majority of patients who have had LASIK surgery are fully satisfied with their results having experienced the significant benefits of improved vision, there are some people who need some more information and knowledge about the procedure before they could finally make their mind. It is also very crucial that LASIK surgery candidates thoroughly discuss the procedure-its benefits, risks and probable outcomes-with their physician prior to undergoing the surgery. Each patient should be fully informed and feel comfortable that they are making an educated decision based upon facts.

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