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Can LASIK Transform Your Life?               Presented by  The American Refractive Surgery Council                   with ...
“LASIK Can Improve Your Vision and Give You aNew Lease on an Active Life; But Be Realistic”                          - Dr....
Overview• Can LASIK transform your life? In many ways, the  answer is yes.   – The popular vision correction procedure can...
LASIK Limitations• Some people get so enthusiastic about LASIK  that they forget that, while it’s wonderful, it’s  still a...
LASIK & Vision Improvement Potential• LASIK can improve your vision – sometimes  even more than glasses or contact lenses ...
Freedom from Contacts & Glasses• LASIK can free you from the inconvenience of  glasses or contacts  – Eyeglasses fog and g...
LASIK & An Active Lifestyle• LASIK can allow you to pursue an active lifestyle  – There are activities where glasses or co...
Your Vision & Your Career Possibilities• LASIK can open up new career possibilities  – There are some high-impact, high-ri...
LASIK Results May Not Be Permanent• LASIK can’t promise permanent results for all  patients. Eventually, you may need read...
LASIK Recovery Period• LASIK is surgery and there is a recovery period  – While most people see better immediately after  ...
LASIK Risks• LASIK isn’t risk-free  – All surgery carries risk, and LASIK is no exception  – If you’re considering LASIK, ...
LASIK Candidacy• LASIK isn’t for everyone  – Unfortunately, some people are not good    candidates for LASIK  – If your co...
Concluding Thoughts by Dr. Maloney“Often when people are dissatisfied with LASIK, it’s because theirexpectations were unre...
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Can LASIK Transform Your Life

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Learn how LASIK can transform your life and make your activities more enjoyable. Also discover LASIK's limitations to help you accurately set your laser vision correction expectations.

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Can LASIK Transform Your Life

  1. 1. Can LASIK Transform Your Life? Presented by The American Refractive Surgery Council with Guest Contributor, Dr. Robert Maloney
  2. 2. “LASIK Can Improve Your Vision and Give You aNew Lease on an Active Life; But Be Realistic” - Dr. Robert Maloney
  3. 3. Overview• Can LASIK transform your life? In many ways, the answer is yes. – The popular vision correction procedure can improve your vision and allow you to pursue activities you couldn’t before.• While it is an excellent procedure, nothing in life is perfect. Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK. And even if you are, your eyesight will still change over time as your eyes age.• Knowing what LASIK can and can’t do is a big part of becoming a satisfied LASIK patient
  4. 4. LASIK Limitations• Some people get so enthusiastic about LASIK that they forget that, while it’s wonderful, it’s still a surgical procedure• As with any medical technology, there are limits to what it can do – Knowing the limitations, finding the right surgeon and having realistic expectations are often the key to a positive LASIK experience
  5. 5. LASIK & Vision Improvement Potential• LASIK can improve your vision – sometimes even more than glasses or contact lenses can – The advantage of LASIK is that you’re correcting the shape of the cornea itself – With glasses or contacts, you’re compensating for the cornea by putting another lens in front of it; that’s not as exact – LASIK allows more precise corrections, and that translates into better vision
  6. 6. Freedom from Contacts & Glasses• LASIK can free you from the inconvenience of glasses or contacts – Eyeglasses fog and get smudged – they have to be cleaned regularly and they often interfere with an active lifestyle – Contacts can cause irritation and require cleaning and disinfection. With LASIK there are no appliances – we’ve corrected the eye itself, so there’s no hardware to maintain
  7. 7. LASIK & An Active Lifestyle• LASIK can allow you to pursue an active lifestyle – There are activities where glasses or contacts are an inconvenience or even a barrier – Many people who choose LASIK are athletes or enjoy the outdoors • Swimming, running, skiing, baseball or other sports can be difficult or impossible for people who wear eyeglasses or contacts – With LASIK, people can enjoy activity freely – without the hassle or risk of eyewear
  8. 8. Your Vision & Your Career Possibilities• LASIK can open up new career possibilities – There are some high-impact, high-risk careers that can be more difficult to succeed in if you wear glasses or contacts – Laser vision correction has opened the door for many to pursue careers of their dreams – from NASA and the U.S. Military to firemen and police officers
  9. 9. LASIK Results May Not Be Permanent• LASIK can’t promise permanent results for all patients. Eventually, you may need reading glasses – Even if you’ve had LASIK, your eyes may continue to change over time as it ages, and your vision will change – If you have LASIK when you’re young, for example, it’s possible that someday when you’re older, you’ll need reading glasses
  10. 10. LASIK Recovery Period• LASIK is surgery and there is a recovery period – While most people see better immediately after LASIK, in the first few weeks, there is a recovery process. • People can experience dry eye, glare and halos, which typically resolve on their own or with additional treatment
  11. 11. LASIK Risks• LASIK isn’t risk-free – All surgery carries risk, and LASIK is no exception – If you’re considering LASIK, you should talk with your surgeon about the risks so you can make a fully informed decision about whether LASIK is right for you
  12. 12. LASIK Candidacy• LASIK isn’t for everyone – Unfortunately, some people are not good candidates for LASIK – If your corneas are too thin or irregular, or if you have eye diseases like glaucoma, or autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, LASIK may not be right for you
  13. 13. Concluding Thoughts by Dr. Maloney“Often when people are dissatisfied with LASIK, it’s because theirexpectations were unrealistic or inaccurate, or because a LASIKpractice gave them a hard sell instead of a full counselingsession. If you’re considering LASIK, it’s important to do yourhomework – visit the ARSC website atwww.AmericanRefractiveSurgeryCouncil.org, along with otherresources such as EyeSurgeryEducation.org, talk to people youknow who’ve had LASIK, and most important, talk at length withyour surgeon. Make sure you understand the limitations ofLASIK and also its many dramatic benefits. You’ll be a moresatisfied LASIK patient as a result.”
  14. 14. For More Information Please Visit:www.AmericanRefractiveSurgeryCouncil.org

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