LASIK is a type of laser eye surgery that can replace the need to constantly wear glasses or contact lenses, however it is very important to find out if it’s the right option for you because not everyone is eligible for this procedure.
A certain type of laser eye surgery, known as LASIK, could be a wonderful alternative for people who constantly need to wear glasses or contact lenses. That being said, not everyone is a suitable candidate for this procedure and therefore before going through with the surgery there are certain qualifications that must be checked. If you book an appointment to find out if LASIK surgery is for you, you will be asked for a very detailed medical history and you will receive a comprehensive eye exam which includes all sorts of measurements to make sure that you qualify. The surgeon and professional staff will discuss with you all of the factors, the risks of complications and will set the proper expectations with you. Together you can determine if LASIK is the right choice for you.
To be a potential candidate for LASIK, there are basic prerequisites that you must meet:
Age: You need to be at least 18 years old, as your vision should have stopped changing and become stable. Changes in your prescription after LASIK could potentially affect the outcomes of the procedure.
Stable Vision Prescription: Your vision prescription needs to have been stable for at least a year. This is to ensure that your eyes are not changing rapidly which could affect the result of the surgery.
Good Overall Health: Your overall health should be in good condition. Certain systemic health conditions, particularly autoimmune diseases, can negatively affect the healing process post-LASIK and may therefore influence your suitability for the procedure.
Eye Health: Your eyes should be free of infections and injuries. Any current or chronic eye condition might affect your ability to undergo LASIK surgery. Conditions such as keratoconus, glaucoma, and cataracts could disqualify you from this surgery.
Corneal Thickness: The thickness of your cornea is crucial as LASIK surgery involves the reshaping of the cornea to correct vision. If your cornea is too thin, it may not withstand the procedure, putting your vision at risk.
If you meet the above criteria, you might be a good candidate for LASIK. Keep in mind that the only surefire way to determine this is through a comprehensive eye exam conducted by our experienced eye care professional. We will measure your corneal thickness, evaluate your vision prescription, and thoroughly check your eyes and overall health to ascertain whether LASIK is a suitable option for you.
People who are mildly nearsighted tend to have the best success rates with refractive surgery such as LASIK.
There are a variety of eye conditions that can be contraindications for LASIK surgery as it can cause many complications. These include:
There are certain health considerations that must be taken into account, even if they do not seem directly related to your eyes. The surgeon will ask you details about your overall health as certain conditions can make the outcome of LASIK surgery less predictable and thus must be considered. Some health issues include:
The above health issues could increase the risk of complications and the chance of having a difficult healing process. If you have any of these health conditions, please discuss it with the surgeon to decide if you can get LASIK.
LASIK is a popular option for those looking to reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses, however it’s important to know that there are many alternatives to this type of surgery. Each method of surgery comes with its own risks and benefits and it’s important to consult with your eye doctor to figure out the best option for you. Other refractive surgical procedures include photorefractive keratometry (PRK), laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK), small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE), and phakic intraocular lens.
Another alternative to LASIK which does not involve surgery and is reversible, is a very special type of contact lens called orthokeratology, otherwise known as Ortho-K. This method uses contact lenses that are only worn each night, at which time it reshapes the cornea, so that when waking up in the morning, these contact lenses are removed and the person can spend the day seeing with very clear eyesight and without any glasses or contact lenses. Please schedule an appointment at our office to discuss Ortho-K and the various laser eye surgery methods. Our eye doctor will be glad to go through the options with you to figure out which one best suits your needs.
A certain type of laser eye surgery, known as LASIK, is an elective surgery which changes the shape and curvature of the front part of your eye in order to replace the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. For many who wear glasses or contact lenses, this is an exciting alternative. However, not every person is qualified or suitable for this type of surgery. It is very important to understand the necessary factors which make this a viable option.