My husband has been wearing glasses for over 45 years. Right before his father died in his 80’s, he got lasik surgery (it had just come out) and it made his vision worse. My husband hates his glasses, won’t wear contacts. He wants to take the leap and get lasik but he’s very scared of what the procedure itself will be like, as well as the recovery. (He has sensitive eyes!) Is there anything I can tell him from the Doctors perspective that can help put him at ease?

Rebecca October 15, 2019

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Duna Raoof, MD
Laguna Hills, Ophthalmology
Dear Rebecca,
I completely understand your husband’s hesitation. Our eyes are so important and our vision is so valuable for our everyday functioning – so considering any eye surgery can be scary and needs to be taken seriously! I have good news for your husband - LASIK has undergone tremendous evolution since its inception and our current LASIK technology is truly life-changing. The lasers that we use now are incredibly precise and offer personalized treatments for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

LASIK—short for Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis—is the most commonly performed laser eye procedure in the world. It’s one of the safest and most effective ways to correct vision. My first piece of advice would be to seek a thorough consultation. During the consultation, we evaluate the overall eye health, your medical history and medications. We also perform extensive testing that helps us determine your candidacy for LASIK. The procedure itself is painless and takes less than 15 minutes. The recovery is very fast and most patients see 20/20 the next morning and can drive themselves to their follow up appointment without their glasses! So for your husband, who hates glasses and won’t wear contacts, LASIK might be a great option and I would definitely recommend a consultation to ensure he is a good candidate.

Duna Raoof, MD