What Are You Expecting LASIK Will Do For You?

LASIK Guider

If you are considering LASIK eye surgery to improve your vision, you will need a LASIK consultation.

In other words, you will need to consult an experienced LASIK surgeon to discuss your unique visual needs and find out if you are a good LASIK candidate.

Sounds simple, and it is. There’s just one problem.

Too often, you get caught up in how LASIK is performed. How common are the LASIK complications? How to choose a LASIK surgeon? How does Bladeless LASIK differ from standard LASIK? How much does LASIK cost? How to Finance LASIK Surgery?

And then you get surprised when your doctor tells you that you are not a good LASIK candidate.

During your LASIK consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your expectations and determine if they are realistic.

If you demand perfection and have too high expectations of LASIK eye surgery, your surgeon may consider you poor LASIK candidate even if you meet the medical and ophthalmic criteria for the LASIK procedure.

Over the last weeks the poll I’ve been running here on LASIK Guider has asked our valued readers about their LASIK expectations. The question was: What are you hoping LASIK eye surgery will do for you? The provided answers were:

  • To get rid of my glasses and contact lenses.
  • To become less dependent on glasses and contact lenses.
  • To be more attractive.
  • I don't know, I just want the surgery.

Let’s now see the results and comment on each response to learn how to adjust your LASIK expectations to avoid being rejected to undergo LASIK.

LASIK Expectations

Get rid of My Eyeglasses and Contacts (76%)

This is the most common response because one of the major reasons for undergoing LASIK surgery is the annoyance of caring for and wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.

So if you consider your eyeglasses or contacts really a pain, keep in mind that the main goal of LASIK eye surgery is to improve your vision and reduce your reliance on eyeglasses and contacts.

But eyeglasses may be needed for reading when you reach the middle 40s.

Glasses may also be needed for some distance activities, such as driving at night or in the rain. But it is rare for patients to request distance glasses after LASIK.

To Become Less Dependent on Glasses & Contacts (12%)

After reading the previous response, you know now that this is the ideal answer.

I Want To Be More Attractive (8%)

Eyeglasses are cosmetically unappealing for some. Many patients undergo LASIK because they feel that they will be more attractive without glasses in social and professional situations. If this is your case, why not give contact lenses a try before undergoing LASIK?

I don't Know, I just want The Surgery (4%)

No one would undergo a surgery with a potential risks and complications without having a good reason.

Think again because responses like this one are not appropriate and should raise a red flag about your candidacy for the LASIK procedure.


It is important to be aware of the LASIK procedure’s benefits, limitations, risks, complications and alternatives.

But you should understand that having expectations that are realistic for your particular case is most important to your final satisfaction with the results of the LASIK procedure.

Now, what are hoping LASIK surgery will do for you? Let me know in the comments.

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