Who Benefits from LASIK?
With the individual All-Laser LASIK or Femto-LASIK, over 94 percent of all refractive errors can be corrected. Typically, the less severe the refractive error, the more precise the result of LASIK surgery .
- Myopia or nearsightedness up to - 8 dpt (with or without astigmatism)
- Hyperopia or farsightedness up to + 4 dpt (with or without astigmatism)
- Mixed astigmatism up to - 5 dpt
- Monovision for presbyopic patients with myopia, with or without astigmatism
After a complete and detailed eye exam, you will meet for an individual consultation with your eye surgeon to assess if LASIK surgery your best treatment option.
For patients with nearsightedness (myopia approximately -5 diopter or less), there is no vision impairment following LASIK surgery so corrective eyeglasses are no longer needed. In rare cases when nearsightedness has not been corrected entirely with LASIK, an enhancement surgery is possible at any time.
With increased severity of nearsightedness, the preciseness of LASIK surgery decreases, such that patients should expect a certain decrease in vision at dawn and darkness. The likelihood of experiencing these side effects and their severity depends on three factors: the thickness of your cornea, the diameter of your pupil when dilated in the dark, and the severity of your nearsightedness.
If your nearsightedness is greater than -10 diopter, the side effects at dawn and darkness generally become so severe that other treatment alternatives, such as phakic lens implants, should be considered.
LASIK treatment results for the correction of farsightedness (hyperopia) are less precise than those for nearsightedness. In most cases corrective eyeglasses are no longer needed after LASIK treatment of farsightedness up to +3 diopter. As with nearsightedness, an enhancement surgery is possible at any time.
Astigmatism is another refractive error treatable with LASIK. It rarely occurs isolated so is commonly treated together with nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Our results speak for themselves:
Last year only 0.4 percent of our patients needed eye glasses or contact lenses after undergoing LASIK surgery; 99 percent were very satisfied with the result of their procedure and 100 percent would choose LASIK again (Results of 2011, FreeVis LASIK Center Mannheim).