Pros and Cons of LASIK: Is Lasik The Right Choice For Me?

If you’ve considered the possibility of undergoing LASIK eye surgery, you may have wondered if it’s worth any of the risks. It’s important that when you’re considering a new procedure to weigh out the pros and cons and see if it’s the right choice for you. While LASIK is a completely safe surgery, it is still important that you understand any of the risks that may come with it and you’re prepared for anything that may come your way.

The Pros and Cons of LASIK

Pro: LASIK eye surgery is a safe and quick procedure.

LASIK is an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll be in and out in no time. The procedure usually takes around 20 minutes for both eyes and most of that time is spent getting ready for the surgery. The procedure is extremely safe and designed to automatically shut off if there’s any sudden movements that could cause injury.

Con: There are risks associated with LASIK.

While permanent risks are rare, they aren’t impossible. You might deal with dry eyes or nighttime glare and halos. The risk is low, but still possible. Most of the time, these risks can be managed with things like artificial tears, and you shouldn’t have a big problem with either.

Pro: Results appear quickly.

Often, you may start seeing a difference in your vision in just a few hours. Your normal activities can resume within 48 hours and there isn’t a long downtime. A longer recovery may still only take a month and you’ll be seeing clearly in no time.

Con: Not everyone is eligible for surgery.

Those over 40 are usually ineligible because of issues that may occur in the eye. Often, you may also not be eligible because of your prescription or issues like thin corneas. There are other procedures that you may still be eligible for even with those issues.

Contact Your LASIK Surgeon Today

Find out if LASIK is worth it for you! Contact your LASIK surgeon at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York, NY, and serving Chelsea, NY, at (212) 220-0066.

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  • "Cannot recommend Dr Coad & his lasik coordinator Nicole enough. They are wonderfully supportive and gentle that even if you are nervous it will be difficult to stay that way around this supportive duo! Without a doubt recommend going to see them, they are worth the additional care and cost for a full-service experience that are there just to help you & give you the best vision possible. Thank you Dr Coad & Nicole."
    Yasmin L.
  • "Dr. Coad and his staff made the experience of having a cataract removed the best it could possibly be, from evaluation to discussing options to being reassuring when the surgery began, to follow-up. The evaluation process was efficient, yet at no time did I feel as if it was anything but personal. His staff at all times were both professional and welcoming. Vace, the surgical coordinator, did everything to make sure the surgical process went smoothly.
    As to Dr. Coad himself, I can't say enough. His skill is absolutely top-notch, but it was the concern that he took in making sure that I understood all of my options, and his reassuring manner before, during and after the surgery which makes it easy to recommend him to the fullest to anyone who needs ophthalmic care."
    Ed W.
  • "Had a five star experience at Chelsea Eye! I went to Dr Yoon for an eye exam and she was extremely friendly, helpful and down to earth! I have met all the staff and they are very friendly and easy to talk to. Hugo in particular was wonderful to work with during the exam. It was a breathe of fresh air coming to this practice and I highly recommend going here for an Optometry appointment or Opthalmology appointment with Dr Coad."
    Devon T.
  • "Can I please take a moment and talk about how awesome Dr. Jay Yoon is?!

    I would be friends with this woman! I went in freaked out about a blood vessel on my eye and in total hypochondriac mode (is it a stroke? Is this connected to my brain? Is it gonna spread?). She laughed and calmly said "looks like you've always had this and it's fine and here are some drops cause your eyes are dry and here's my great primary doctor who I recommend since you don't have one."

    She was very funny and relatable and cool - she didn't try to rush me away and she was honest about everything too and so helpful.

    I've already started recommending her and now I'll do it on here: book an appt and be treated so warmly."
    Bonnie G.
  • "Dr Coad and Nicole were both absolutely wonderful. After my brother had LASIK surgery, I decided to go ahead and do the same.

    Both Nicole and Dr. Coad are very proficient in their work. They answered any and all questions that I had, and calmed every nervous feeling that arose from the start, up until the surgery.

    Going through the surgery I was EXTREMELY nervous and Dr. Coad walked me through the entire procedure (before and during) and made my whole LASIK experience a breeze.

    I can not recommend them enough. If you are interested in LASIK Dr. Coad is the only doctor I would trust."
    Christina V.
  • "This team is the absolute best. Christine is a gift from the gods and makes you feel comfortable supported and amazing. She really got me through my anxieties about my recent lasik surgery - which went great! Dr Coad is the best. A fantastic team, a simple process - I highly recommend this team - if you've ever considered lasik (like I have for the last 20 years) make an appt with this great group. You'll be happy you did."
    Mark P.
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