Lasik Success Rate | Laser Eye Surgery Success Rate in Achieving 20/20 Vision
Lasik rate of success statistics.  Information about laser eye surgery success rates.


Lasik 20 20 Vision | Lasik Success Rate

98%.  Percent of Lasik wavefront patients (low to moderate nearsightedness patients) achieving 20/20 vision.  “Figures from company-funded studies [of Wavefront-Guided Lasik] show impressive results: A year after wavefront Lasik, 98 percent of patients with low to moderate nearsightedness saw 20/20 or better; after nine months, 72 percent with mild farsightedness had the same results. ‘Before I could see; now I see in high definition,’ is how one patient puts it.” Lasik rate of success in achieving 20/20 vision. (Thea Singer, “10 minutes, perfect vision: what's new with LASIK, and is it for you?, O, The Oprah Magazine, June 1, 2006)

92%.  Percent of nearsighted patients achieving 20/20 vision after undergoing non-surgical orthokeratology treatment at one California practice.  “How successful is [non-surgical] OrthoK vision improvement?  The success rate is very high. 92% of Dr. [Richard] Anderson's recent [nearsighted] patients (1 year) have 20/20 vision after going through the OrthoK procedure. Results, however, depend on your original prescription, treatment goals and how your individual eyes respond.”  (“How successful is OrthoK vision improvement?,” FAQs, Camarillo Optometrist, Camarillo, California, June 18, 2008)

92%.  Percent of nearsighted Navy recruits that attained 20/20 vision after undergoing Lasik in a study by a U.S. Navy ophthalmologist.  “Recent clinical studies of LASIK reflect impressive accuracy. One such study, by Navy ophthalmologist Steven Schallhorn, analyzed visual outcomes in a population of Navy recruits with nearsightedness up to 10.0 diopters and astigmatism up to 4.00 diopters.  Schallhorn reported the results of his study at this year's [2000] American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery meeting (April 2000, Boston). In this study, 100 percent of patients recovered 20/40 ("driving") vision, 92 percent achieved 20/20 ("normal") vision [emphasis added] and 70 percent attained an impressive 20/16 vision (even sharper than normal).” (David A Wallace, “LASIK for pilots,” Plane and Pilot, October 1, 2000)

90%.  Percent chance of getting 20/20 vision with Lasik.  “Finally, doctors warn that New Yorkers should be wary of doctors who brush away health risks. ‘You should always avoid a surgeon who is trying to sell you the procedure," explains Dr. Sandra Belmont, director of Laser Vision Correction Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weil Cornell Medical Center. "While there's over a 90 percent chance of getting 20/20 vision, you should also be told clearly about the health risks.’” (Hallie Levine, “Is Laser Eye Surgery Safe? - As Lasik Vision-Correction Surgery Explodes, Doctors Warn Patients About Inexperienced Surgeons and Shoddy Procedures,” New York Post, New York City, New York, November 23, 1999, p. 034)

45% to 83%.  Percent of mildly myopic Lasik patients that achieve 20/20 vision or better.  “Forty-five to 83 percent of mildly myopic patients achieve 20/20 vision or better, according to a summary of some of the larger LASIK studies in Duane's Ophthalmology, 2006 edition, an industry resource. (Thea Singer, “10 minutes, perfect vision: what's new with LASIK, and is it for you?, O, The Oprah Magazine, June 1, 2006) 

26% to 57%.  Percent of moderately nearsighted Lasik patients that achieve 20/20 vision.  “Of the moderately nearsighted, 26 to 57 percent end up with 20/20 vision [according to a summary of some of the larger LASIK studies in Duane's Ophthalmology, 2006 edition, an industry resource].”  See Lasik side effects.  (Thea Singer, “10 minutes, perfect vision: what's new with LASIK, and is it for you?, O, The Oprah Magazine, June 1, 2006)

Lasik Quotes

"This is the best thing I ever bought myself." Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux on the results of the laser eye corrective surgery that improved his vision to 20-15.

I could see leaves on trees, snow-capped peaks and a car’s dashboard clearly. 
“Recently [after having corrective laser eye surgery at Laservision Eye Clinic in New Zealand] I sat in our car marvelling at the lush green South Canterbury hills gently rolling towards the foot of the Southern Alps.  Snow-capped peaks stretched towards acres of clear blue sky. In the foreground spring lambs bounced around each other as their disinterested mothers contentedly chewed the emerald green grass.  Looking at that vista the day before would have been impossible. I couldn't have even seen the car's dashboard clearly. . . . But amazingly [after lasik vision surgery], I could see from the time I left the clinic; number plates, signs on buildings, leaves on trees -- everything.” (Olwyn O'Brien, “Miracle of sight restored to patient, The Press, Christchurch, New Zealand, February 1, 2000)

The alarm clock was crystal clear.  I could see all the license plates.
“‘I noticed a huge difference [said professional golfer Fred Funk]. I went home [after Lasik eye surgery], took a nap for three hours and when I woke up, the alarm clock was crystal clear.  In the afternoon, I was going to the Pro Am driving down the Beltway and I could read all the license plates. That was different.’ . . .It's wonderful. . . I have better depth perception. You need to be able to see the pin and the hole. And for putting purposes, I can see a lot sharper images.’  Funk had LASIK performed on him two days before the Kemper Open last June. Though he already was coming off his finest season as a pro in 1997, Funk's immediate post-operative experience helped make him one of LASIK's most vocal supporters.

After missing the cut at Kemper in five of the previous eight years, he opened last year's tournament by shooting a 64, good for the first-round lead.  ‘I went in to see if I was a candidate for it and decided to do it two hours later,’ said Funk, whose 20/300 vision before the surgery improved to 20/15 in his left eye and 20/25 in his right. ‘I really didn't have time to think about it.’” (Thomas Hill, Daily News Sports Writer, with Hank Gola, “They Can See Clearly Now - Athletes Opt For Laser Surgery To Improve Their Vision and On-Field Performance,” New York Daily News, New York City, New York, April 4, 1999, p. 90)

You can suddenly see blades of grass and street signs in the distance.  “[For] most [who under laser eye surgery], the improvement can be great. Street signs suddenly can be read from a distance, green meshes becomes blades of grass, and contact lenses and glasses are no longer necessary.”  (David Morrill, “Look closely before you seek 20/20,” Oakland Tribune, July 7, 2008)

Lasik Patient Satisfaction Rates

95.4%.  “OSN Refractive Surgery Section Member Kerry D. Solomon, MD, spoke about the worldwide retrospective literature review of LASIK that found a 95.4% patient satisfaction rate from post-LASIK patients.”  (David W. Mullin, David W. Mullin, Executive Editor of OSN international editions, “FDA panel scrutinizes LASIK safety data,” Ocular Surgery News, OSN, May 25, 2008) 

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