Many people have heard of LASIK eye surgery. The thought of never having to wear glasses again is often enough to lure people into this type of surgery. However, the question must be addressed, is it right for you?
To determine this, you’ll want to have a consultation with a LASIK eye surgeon. At this consult, you’ll want to ask any questions that you may have regarding the surgery. These questions may include how long the surgery takes. They may also include the cost of the eye surgery per eye, any recovery time and any special preparations that you may have to do prior to your LASIK eye surgery. Even though this type of surgery is safe, there are always risks that must be addressed. As any surgery has risks this is no exception. You may wind up with less than what you’re anticipating for your vision enhancement. Are you willing to accept this risk? You may not have the 20/20 vision that you’re anticipating.
Other things to consider are your age. Those who are under the age of 18 are frequently told that they need to wait until they have reached their mid-20s and their eye prescription is more stabilized. Just as the rest of the body is still growing into the 20s, so are the eyes and the prescription for eyeglasses can change rapidly during periods of growth. If you’re over the age of 40 you may also have issues with eye surgery. Eye surgery can’t correct many of the symptoms of aging. For example, as we age we often hold written materials further from our eyes. This is known as presbyopia. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that can be corrected with laser eye surgery.
However, the surgeon can do a surgery that leaves the eye that isn’t dominant slightly nearsighted. This allows the patient to focus differently. If patients struggle with cataracts or glaucoma, they are also removed as potential good candidates for LASIK surgery. Just as the human body has specific requirements before you can have specific surgeries, so does eye surgery.
If you’re among the many who have clear eye lenses and healthy stable eyes, you may be an excellent candidate for laser eye surgery. You must also be free of any viruses such as herpes simplex and herpes zoster. Other health issues that may preclude you from eye surgery are autoimmune diseases such as uncontrolled diabetes or other such conditions. If you struggle with a compromised immune system you may not be able to have eye surgery. You’ll also have to agree to follow up appointments and taking good care of your eyes. If you wear contacts you may have to stop wearing them for a few weeks prior to surgery. Also, you won’t be able to wear any cosmetics or perfume during your surgery. Lastly, you must arrange for some form of transportation after the surgery as you’ll be slightly sedated and in no shape to drive.