Is Laser Eye Surgery Right for You?
Learn why you should consider this popular solution to poor eyesight
No one wants to live with poor vision. That’s why millions of dollars are spent every year on glasses, contact lenses, and vision care packages. Since many of these measures offer only short-term correction, some people seek out a more permanent solution to their eye-related issues, which inevitably leads them to LASIK, or laser eye surgery.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a type of refractive surgery, which means it corrects myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and/or astigmatism. The process involves the application of a laser device to reshape the cornea and restore the eye’s ability to properly refract light, greatly improving your vision. To determine your candidacy for this popular procedure, consider the following criteria.
#1 – You’re Old Enough
Candidates for LASIK are required to be at least 18 years old. Although your vision can and most likely will change beyond this age, such changes probably won’t be as drastic as they are during adolescence. But since your eyesight may not be fully consistent at the age of 18, it is recommended that LASIK only be considered once you’ve reached your early twenties.
#2 – You’re Tired of Corrective Eyewear
Not everyone can tolerate the daily fumblings for glasses and contact lens cases. LASIK eliminates the need for corrective eyewear, and the majority of patients never have to wear any type of lens again. If you would like a permanent alternative to glasses and contact lenses, then you’ll find no better solution than laser eye surgery.
#3 – You Have a Stable Prescription
Changes to your prescription at almost every eye exam means your vision hasn’t stabilized, and this isn’t good for a LASIK hopeful. Having laser eye surgery while your vision is still fluctuating increases the chances of your eyesight changing post-operation, which, unfortunately, could lead to the need for another procedure. If you haven’t had any changes to your prescription in at least a couple of years, then you have a far better chance of retaining your results post-surgery.
#4 – You Are Healthy
As with most surgeries, being in good physical standing can help ensure that your procedure goes smoothly and yields the best results possible. Specific health issues that could complicate LASIK include most autoimmune disorders (e.g., diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus), as well as eye-related conditions like glaucoma and retinal disease.
#5 – Your Eyes Produce Enough Tear Fluid
One of the main side effects of LASIK is the reduction of tear film, which results in dry eyes. If you already experience this condition, then undergoing LASIK before it’s resolved will only worsen your symptoms and complicate your recovery. However, if your eyes are producing enough tear fluid to stay lubricated and protected, then this minor side effect will have little impact.
Deciding to undergo laser eye surgery can be daunting, especially if you choose to make the decision yourself. At Sterling Vision, our ophthalmologists are experts at delivering LASIK as well as other refractive surgeries, and they are eager to advise you about whatever questions and concerns you have about this life-changing procedure. To schedule an appointment with us, call 541-262-0597 or schedule online.