Getting a LASIK laser eye surgery procedure performed can be an exciting time for you. After all, being able to see far better than ever before without having to rely on glasses or contacts can be unprecedented and wonderful. You will have to deal with the fact that it takes time to make sure you are a good candidate for LASIK, and this requires follow-ups.
Noticing the Problem
Being a good candidate for Lasik involves having a vision problem that can become identified and fixed this way. Astigmatism, near-sightedness, and far-sightedness are all factors that can become identified and corrected, but they will have to be professionally diagnosed. While the current trend in medicine is to self-diagnose what may be wrong based on your symptoms, this is not a good strategy when dealing with your eyes. Rather like trying to correct your own eyesight at home, this is something that needs to be taken to the professionals.
Determining Your Health Readiness
Being able to withstand surgery is reasonably easy, but factors exist that can limit you. For example, some people may have an allergic reaction to the anesthetics used. Others may actually be immune to them, which would make the procedure extremely unpleasant. In other cases, you may simply have a motor coordination issue that could impede the surgery — a twitch at the wrong moment could be problematic. A chat with the staff at Sugarland Eye and Laser Center in Houston can answer all those phobias.
For most people these potential issues become quickly proven to not be a problem. It is important to know whether you have anything substantially medically wrong prior to going in for surgery.
Eyes and How They Change
As of this writing, at least one issue that LASIK laser eye surgery cannot entirely alleviate — age-related macular degeneration. Aging may cause your vision to become worse in a way that is not related to your lenses, and thus cannot be changed through LASIK surgery. In this type of case, it is important to remember that your vision may still become corrected to a reasonable level through the use of good nutrition and eye glasses.
Ensuring Your Eyes Are Stable
Often, an individual’s eyes are good candidates for surgery based upon where their prescription is right now — but that prescription changes dramatically as little as a few months later. This is a situation where an otherwise prime candidate for LASIK surgery simply cannot go through with the procedure. If your eyes are steadily worsening in a sense that can be appreciated immediately, or if your prescription is changing quickly, often this is a problem that LASIK cannot repair.
For this reason, most LASIK centers encourage you to have at least 2 vision tests separated by at least six months to one year to be sure that your vision is not worsening. If it is not, then the tests were worthwhile in confirming that the last piece of your LASIK puzzle becomes complete and your candidacy is good. If the testing reveals that your prescription is changing, going through with the surgery could be a mistake.
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 Sugar Land Eye & Laser Center, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478.: