LASIK can be used to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Here are some things to consider when thinking about procedding with LASIK surgery:
- You should be at least 18 years old (21 for some lasers), since the vision of people younger than 18 usually continues to change.
- LASIK is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing as these conditions might change the measured refraction of the eye.
- Let your doctor know all the medications you are currenty taking. Some medications may exclude you from surgery.
- Prior to LASIK surgery, your prescription must be stable and your eyes healthy, If you’re myopic, you should postpone Lasik until your refraction has stabilized, as myopia may continue to increase in some patients until their mid- to late 20s.
- You should be in good general health. Lasik may not be recommended for patients with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, glaucoma, herpes infections of the eye, or cataracts. You should discuss this with your surgeon.
- Weigh the risks and rewards. If you’re happy wearing contacts or glasses, you may want to forego the surgery.
- Are your expectations realistic?
- Lasik cannot correct presbyopia so that one eye can see at both distance and near. However, Lasik can be used to correct one eye for distance and
the other for near. If you can adjust to this correction, it may eliminate or reduce your need for reading glasses. In some instances, surgery on only
one eye is required. Ask about the pros and cons.
Schedule an appointment today for a LASIK Prescreening and counsultation to determine if LASIK is right for you.