If you are wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, then you may be wondering if you should have LASIK surgery to correct your vision problems. LASIK has been proven to be quite effective and safe in treating vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. By having the LASIK procedure, you may no longer need to wear your eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, although it is one of the best procedures for correcting vision problems, some people are not good candidates for this procedure. Consider these factors about LASIK surgery to help you determine if you are good candidate for the procedure.
What is LASIK?
Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a surgical procedure performed by an eye surgeon or ophthalmologist. During the procedure, the ophthalmologist creates a flap in the eye’s cornea. The flap provides an access to the corneal tissue underneath where the reshaping is done using laser light. Once the reshaping is completed, the corneal flap is place back in its original position. The flap will heal naturally, leaving very little discomfort and faster healing.
Who are good candidates for LASIK?
Initially, the best candidates for LASIK are those who have mild to moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. If you have presbyopia, the procedure may give you clearer distance vision, but it will affect your near vision or objects that are closer to you. To compensate for this, you can have monovision in one eye while the other eye sees objects closer to you clearly. What you have to remember is monovision with contact lenses is compensation that is not ideal because not a lot of people can adjust to it. If you can adjust to it, then you may be a good candidate for LASIK.
Who are not good candidates for LASIK?
It is important to consult with an eye specialist because there are things that must be considering when determining whether or not a patient is a good candidate for the LASIK procedure or not. Here are some considerations to take into account that determining if a patient is a good candidate for LASIK surgery:
Certain medical conditions – If you have certain medical conditions that affect your natural ability to health, such as lupus and other similar diseases, then the surgery may not be for you.
Chronic dry eyes – If you have chronic dry eyes, LASIK will make it worse so the surgery is not recommended to those who have it.
Certain anatomic eye conditions – Certain eye conditions, such as irregular corneal surface, makes the eye unsuitable for LASIK.
Pregnancy – Vision changes when one is pregnant so it is best to wait until after the child is born.
Sugarland Eye & Laser Center leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The Center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Sugarland Eye & Laser Center, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478 or visit us at www.houston-lasik.com.
About the Author
Amjad Khokhar, M.D. is Chief LASIK Surgeon at Sugarland Eye & Laser Center. Add Dr. Khokhar on Google+ here.