Am I a Candidate for LASIK?
- Posted on: Oct 30 2018
If you’ve ever had to wipe foggy eyeglass lenses after opening the oven door or sipping a steamy cup of coffee, you know one of the pitfalls of corrective eyewear. Contact lenses also have a downside; they can get lost easily if dropped or slide away from their intended spot on the eye’s surface. These frustrations are relatively minor, but they are the catalyst that leads many people to seek laser vision correction, or LASIK.
“Am I a candidate for LASIK?” This is a question we hear frequently in our practice. We proudly serve patients from Canfield, Alliance, and North Canton and like to make sure each patient is making an informed decision about their care. In instances of laser eye surgery, knowledge really is power.
Why Would You Want to Consider LASIK?
There are several personal reasons cited for considering laser vision correction. Ultimately, the vast majority of them boil down to convenience. LASIK is intended to make life much simpler by eliminating or significantly reducing a person’s need to wear eyeglasses or go through the hassle of inserting, removing, and cleaning contact lenses on a daily basis.
Details of Good LASIK Candidates
- LASIK is appropriate for many patients between the ages of 18 and 65. Sometimes, surgery can be performed before age 18, but doctors generally like to wait until adulthood to have the best idea of overall visual acuity.
- Many patients over the age of 40 experience trouble with near vision due to presbyopia. While there is a LASIK technique (multifocal LASIK) that has been useful in improving near vision, the KAMRA inlay is an alternative procedure worth considering.
- Prescription stability is a LASIK requirement that may be misunderstood. Typically, the vision changes that occur after age 18 are relatively subtle. What doctors want to ensure is that there are no dramatic changes to vision within a year’s time.
- Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant within six months of getting LASIK are not good candidates for LASIK. This is because the common hormonal changes related to pregnancy may temporarily alter the corneas.
Discover if LASIK is the right procedure for you. Contact us to schedule a comprehensive consultation and eye exam today.
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