How to Know If You're a Candidate for LASIK

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 21-Oct-2013

lasikcandsmallLASIK 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 astigmatism
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness) with or without astigmatism
  • Patients with over or under corrected vision after other refractive surgery or cataract surgery.
  • 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.

For more information about how Key-Whitman changes lives, please contact us to schedule an appointment or schedule your free consultation online.

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