LASIK laser eye surgery may provide patients freedom from prescription
eyeglasses and contact lenses. Do you have a family member or friend who
has experienced this freedom through
LASIK eye surgery? Have you wondered if
LASIK will work for you?
What qualifies a patient for LASIK?
The ideal candidate for LASIK is at least 18 years old and has healthy
corneas. He or she should have stable vision with no significant changes
in their vision prescription in the last 12 months.
LASIK vision correction surgery is designed to treat specific eye conditions.
Conditions treatable by LASIK include:
Myopia (nearsightedness) with or without
Hyperopia (farsightedness) with or without astigmatism
Patients with over or under corrected vision after other refractive surgery or
- Patients with presbyopia (gradual vision loss at near with age) may benefit
from monovision vision correction. This procedure corrects one eye for
distance vision and one eye for near vision. This isn’t for everyone,
however, as many people may not be able to tolerate monovision.
What are the side effects and risks associated with LASIK surgery?
Most LASIK patients will experience some side effects from the procedure.
Potential side effects include glare from bright lights, halos, light
sensitivity, night driving flare and visual fluctuation. (These should
improve with time.)
As with any medical procedure or surgery, there are risks and the possibility
of complications. Potential risks include:
Under-correction, over-correction or astigmatism. LASIK eye surgery must be very precise in order to achieve the best results.
If too much tissue is removed from the eye or if tissue removal is uneven,
resulting vision may not be as clear as desired.
Problems with the flap. During surgery, a flap is created and folded back to shape the cornea
underneath the flap. Infection, swelling and excess tears may occur as a result.
Vision problems. Seeing halos or a glare around bright lights, double vision, night driving
flare and visual fluctuation are common side effects of LASIK. In most
cases, these symptoms will improve with time.
Dry eyes. LASIK surgery will result in temporary decreased tear production, which
may result in dry eyes. After surgery, you will most likely be instructed
to use prescription or over-the-counter eye drops to help keep your eyes
moist and reduce irritation. As your eyes heal, the dryness should subside.
If you think LASIK might be an option for you, take our one-minute self-evaluation quizto help determine if you are a candidate.
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