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LASIK by the Numbers

September 13, 2017

LASIK eye surgeries have been performed in the US for well over 20 years. The benefits of LASIK range from the convenience of not having to wear glasses or contacts to the freedom of being able to participate in sports you couldn’t play before. Close to a million Americans have LASIK surgery every year.

Have you ever thought about LASIK and wondered if it’s right for you? One way to ensure you make the right decision is to ask a lot of questions. We’ve compiled a list of fun LASIK facts to help you navigate the 5W’s of LASIK: Who, What, Where, When, and Why.

Who gets LASIK?

The average age for LASIK patients is 35 but LASIK can be a good fit at any age. People in the 18-40 age group enjoy LASIK for the freedom it gives them from glasses and contacts.

As we age beyond 40, procedures such as LASIK, increase our quality of life by removing problems associated with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

What is LASIK?

LASIK surgery is a procedure taking only 10-15 minutes per eye! During this time, the cornea is reshaped by a computer-controlled laser. Your vision can be corrected to 20/20 or better without glasses.

Where do you go for LASIK?

In 2015 there were 1,067 LASIK centers in the US. You’ll want to look for a LASIK surgeon that’s board certified and has plenty of experience.  

Dr. Silverman and the OCLI team have over 20 years of experience with some of the most advanced eyecare treatments and technologies available today. In fact, Dr. Silverman was named a VISX Star Surgeon in recognition of his performance as a refractive surgeon. Each year, this award is given to the highest-volume surgeons throughout the United States. This ranking as a VISX Star Surgeon places Dr. Silverman and OCLI in the top 5 percent of refractive surgeons and centers nationwide.

When is LASIK recommended?

The FDA has not approved the use of LASIK lasers on people under 18, therefore, LASIK is recommended no earlier than age 18. About 30% of people who want LASIK are not good candidates for one reason or another. Some of the reasons include refractive instability, having a condition that may affect healing, and having a job that prohibits refractory procedures.

Why have LASIK?Going back to school is a great reason to have LASIK. You’ll benefit from being able to see clearly from the back of the room without your glasses. But LASIK isn’t just for students. Over 70% of the workforce requires some sort of vision correction.

Now that we’ve covered the 5W’s of LASIK, let’s talk about some of the HOW’s…

How many people have had LASIK?

Over 28 million LASIK procedures have been performed since 2009 and it’s estimated that over 700,000 LASIK procedures are performed in the US every year!

How effective is it?

97% of LASIK surgeries correct a patient’s vision to 20/20 or better.

How much does it cost?

LASIK at OCLI costs between $1,500 – $3,500 per eye.

Now that you know the 5W’s and some How’s of LASIK surgery, you may still be wondering if LASIK is right for you. Why not contact our office? Dr. Silverman and his team are here to help.

If you’re in the New Jersey area and want to find out if you’re a good candidate for LASIK call OCLI today.

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