You probably know someone who has had Lasik eye surgery and now, they are seeing clearly. Right, without glasses or contact lenses! You want to join the Lasik crowd but are unsure. The ifs and buts scare you and you wonder if you should consider it. If you’re wondering if Lasik eye surgery is right for you, a visit to the eye doctor is necessary.
Lasik (Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery is an innovative way of using laser to correct your vision so you no longer need glasses or contact lenses. Using state-of-the-art laser technology, Lasik eye surgery reshapes the cornea (the clear front of the eye) to change its focusing power, so you can see clearly.
Not all people can be candidates of Lasik eye surgery and not all outcomes of the surgery are the same. About 80 percent of Lasik patients report positive outcome and no longer need glasses or contact lenses for the majority of their activities. Most of them achieve 20/25 vision or better after surgery.
How do you know if you’re the ideal candidate for laser surgery? Usually, before the eye surgeon can do Lasik surgery on you, a preliminary complimentary exam is mandatory. Many factors come into play:
Age is a major factor. You’ve to be at least 18 years of age as vision tends to change when you’re still young and growing. You’re required to have at least one year of stable vision.
Do you have general good health? Certain health problems such as diabetic retinopathy, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease will make you a poor candidate.
You should be free from eye diseases such as keratoconus (thinning of cornea), glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease or certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. Extremely dry eyes and thin cornea (it should be at least 0.5 mm) will compromise success. The same goes for eye infections or injury.
Both conditions involve fluctuating hormones which may affect the stability of prescription.
Ultimately, you’ve to make the decision even if you satisfy the complimentary examination as you also need to take into consideration your lifestyle, your occupational demands and your own expectations.
Talk to your eye doctor about any concerns so you can make an intelligent decision regarding Lasik eye surgery.
At Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey we take everything into consideration when it comes to our patients and their safety. If you think you can benefit from Lasik Eye Surgery, come see us today. Zero percent down and zero percent interest for 12 months.