Visual Acuity And Refractions

Many people believe that after having refractive surgery they will receive 20/20 vision. This is a realistic expectation in the majority of well-selected candidates. Most people who have had LASIK, PRK or ICL achieve somewhere between 20/20 and 20/25 vision without the use of glasses or contacts.

In patients with low myopia (less then -6.00D) and astigmatism (less than 1.00D), wavefront technology may provide 20/20 vision in close to 98% of eyes. With the advent of more modern technology, vision of 20/15 (better than 20/20) can be seen in about 70% of eyes.

20/40 vision is what you need legally for operating a vehicle without the use of corrective lenses. However, 20/40 vision might be noticeably different if you were used to seeing 20/20 with glasses or contact lenses before surgery.

In approximately 4% of our laser vision correction surgeries, an enhancement, “touch-up” or retreatment may be necessary.

Complications, although rare, could occur during surgery resulting in “loss of best corrected visual acuity”. This “loss of best corrected visual acuity” means that you would not be able to see as well after surgery, even with glasses or contacts. Make sure to read the information we will provide carefully.