We’ve come a long way. The basis of this claim is a peer-reviewed meta-analysis of the worldwide literature.
Thanks to improving technology, like All-laser LASIK with Ziemer’s Femtosecond Laser and better screening processes, LASIK outcomes have continued to improve over the past two decades. The review shows that the patient satisfaction rate is up to 98%, and 90% achieve 20/20 vision.
The meta-study led by Kerry D. Solomon, M.D. and his colleagues reviewed LASIK outcomes from 97 articles in the peer-reviewed literature representing 67,893 eyes. The data were categorized and compared with results of recent FDA PROWL studies, as well as FDA nominal effectiveness criteria.
97.5 percent of patients in the PROWL-1 study and 91.5 percent in the PROWL-2 study achieved 20/20 vision or better.
LASIK Beats Correction with Glasses or Contacts
LASIK lowers the prevalence of glare and halo, ghosting and starbursting with no correction compared to the patient’s best correction with glasses or contact lenses.
When nominal FDA effectiveness criterion of 85% of patients achieving 20/40 or better UCVA is considered, “Across the board, whether it’s conventional, advanced treatment ablation or others, they all blew it out of the water. They are way, way better than what the FDA criteria is recommending,” Solomon said. Solomon reported UCVA of 20/20 or better of 90.8% in a series of 61,331 eyes and UCVA of 20/40 or bet