LASIK eye surgery is an excellent choice if you desire freedom from corrective lenses. LASIK surgery results can’t be completely predicted in each individual case, but in general you can expect to be less dependent on glasses and contacts, and perhaps entirely free of them.
There is perhaps nothing more important in the LASIK eye surgery process than determining your candidacy. If you are familiar with someone who has not had a good result the problems typically stem from poor judgment of candidacy. The candidacy process begins with a thorough eye health evaluation to check the overall health of your eye as well as the corneal thickness.
During your initial free LASIK screening, we will thoroughly examine your eyes and perform comprehensive testing to make sure that LASIK eye surgery is the right procedure for you. A medical and eye history will be taken and several tests will be performed, including:
· Dry eye testing
· Visual acuity and refractive error
· Screening Visual Field
· Pupil size in low & medium light
· Ocular pressure
· General health of the eyes
· Corneal topography & Corneal thickness
Age: 18+ is approved by the FDA
Your prescription must fall within the range of correction that the laser equipment is approved to correct. If your eyes are healthy, you are at least 18 years old, your vision has been stable for one year, you are not pregnant, you have no condition such as an autoimmune or degenerative disease and your prescription falls within the range of correction, then you are probably a good candidate for LASIK. You should make an appointment with your Optometrist for an evaluation.
LASIK involves surgery! Potential LASIK patients need to understand the risks as well as the potential benefits. Many patients worry about complications or vision loss from LASIK eye surgery. New research by the AAO has concluded that after 10 years of monitoring LASIK results the procedure is considered safe and effective. No LASIK patient has ever gone blind, but there have been dissatisfied patients. Expectations regarding LASIK eye surgery need to be discussed with a surgeon. Your surgeon should make you feel comfortable and you should have a certain level of confidence in your surgeon before undergoing surgery. If you are considering LASIK, you may find comfort in the fact that complications resulting from LASIK surgery are very rare. If LASIK is not an option there are alternative vision correction options worth exploring.
Questions to ASK your LASIK surgeon during the PRE-OPERATIVE exam
• What is your educational experience?
• How many procedures have you performed?
• Do you use the best technology?
• What do most of your patients say after surgery?
• Will I receive custom LASIK?
• What is the difference between custom LASIK and conventional LASIK
• How often are enhancements required?
• I heard you perform hyperopic LASIK. Why do not all LASIK surgeons do this?
• Do you ever reject people for LASIK?
• Why could I not qualify for LASIK?
• How long does LASIK last?
• What is the cost and do you offer good financing?
• Is PRK better than LASIK?