If clear vision is your goal in 2015, you may be wondering if LASIK is
right for you.
Due to its success rate,
LASIK laser eye surgery is a popular vision correction procedure among people
with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The LASIK procedure
can free you from dependence on prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
(Note: All LASIK patients do eventually require reading glasses after
the age of 40.)
The best way to determine if LASIK is right for you is to schedule a LASIK
consultation. You may have a lot of questions for your eye doctor about
LASIK—and you should. Below are some of the most common questions
patients ask us about LASIK laser eye surgery. Answers to some questions
will depend on your individual vision problems and needs, and you should
discuss these questions with your eye doctor during your consultation.
How do I know if LASIK is right for me? There are certain criteria to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK.
The ideal candidate for LASIK is 18 years of age or older, has healthy
corneas and has experienced no significant change in their vision prescription
in the last 12 months. People with certain medical conditions may not
be good candidates for LASIK. A comprehensive and dilated eye exam is
the only way to determine your candidacy for LASIK.
Will my vision improve with LASIK? LASIK is designed to treat certain eye conditions and refractive errors.
Whether or not LASIK will work for you depends on the condition of your
eyes. An extremely high percentage of LASIK patients achieve improved
vision and are happy they had LASIK. You should have a frank discussion
with your doctor about your suitability for LASIK and get a clear expectation
Do any of my existing medical conditions or circumstances disqualify me? Some medical conditions may increase your risk of complications from LASIK
surgery. Be sure to provide the laser eye surgeon with your complete medical
history to evaluate your individual risks.
Will the procedure be painful? Be sure to ask what anesthetic will be used during the procedure, and let
the doctors know if you have any allergies to particular anesthetic medications.
What should I expect after surgery? Everybody is different, and post-surgery experiences vary from patient
to patient. Ask the doctor what things you might expect to experience
What risks are involved? LASIK is an extremely safe eye surgery and the potential complications
are few. But as with any surgery, there are some risks. The most common
risks include flap complications, glare from bright lights, halos (rings
around lights), light sensitivity, night driving glare and visual fluctuations.
The least common is the risk of infection. Your individual risks and potential
side effects will be discussed at the time of your consultation.
Do I have any alternative treatment options? In some cases, LASIK may not be the best choice to improve your vision.
Ask about alternative treatment options, such as PRK (also called LASEK)
or Vision ICL (Implantable Collamer® Lens).
What are the fees associated with LASIK? Request a breakdown of fees, including preoperative measurements, examinations,
surgical and facility costs, post-operative care and enhancement procedures.
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LASIK eye surgery is not for everyone, but millions of patients have undergone
successful vision correction surgery with LASIK. To find out if you are
a candidate for LASIK surgery, contact Key-Whitman to
schedule a free consultation