LASIK surgery can treat severe degrees of nearsightedness, moderate amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism, but LASIK is not right for everyone. While the goal of LASIK surgery is to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses, having LASIK cannot guarantee 20/20 vision. Fortunately, most cases are successful in improving visual acuity.
A consultation will be required to determine if you are a LASIK candidate. Your vision will be tested and eye health history will be discussed in regards to any past eye diseases. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions about the procedure at this visit. If your vision screening indicates you are a possible candidate, an appointment will then be made for a Surgical Evaluation. If you wear contact lenses, you must stop wearing them for 2 weeks (for soft contacts); 4 weeks (for gas perm or hard contacts) prior to this exam. Failure to do this could produce poor surgical results.
To be eligible for LASIK surgery, potential candidates must meet the following criteria:
•Age: Candidates must be at least 21 years old.
•General health: LASIK candidates must be in good general health, and should not have certain health problems, including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, or take any medication or have any condition that compromises the immune response.
•Eye health: Candidates should be free of eye diseases including keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. LASIK surgery candidates should not have certain eye conditions including herpes simplex and herpes zoster.
•Eye problems: LASIK patients should make their eye doctor aware of certain eye problems including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance), or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions that may influence healing. Other conditions that should be discussed with the doctor include keloid scarring with previous surgical healing, back problems and claustrophobia. Please make your eye doctor aware of any mental health conditions, as these may also affect your LASIK surgery or recovery.
•Eye injury: Patients should not have any eye infections or injury.
•Nursing/pregnancy: Candidates should not be nursing or pregnant when undergoing the LASIK procedure. Hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, so pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue LASIK surgery until three menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued.
•Dry eye condition: Patients should not continuously suffer from dry eyes.
•Stable vision: Candidates’ vision must be stable for at least one year prior to the procedure date.
•Contacts: Prior to your LASIK surgery consultation and LASIK procedure, you must not wear contact lenses for a certain length of time. The precise length will be determined by your doctor on an individual basis.
•This ensures cornea stability and accurate assessment of your prescription prior to the LASIK surgery procedure.
A patient’s candidacy for bladeless LASIK depends on an evaluation of the patient’s eyes, expectations and lifestyle by an experienced optometrist or ophthalmologist. Consult an affiliated eye doctor for a LASIK consultation to determine if you are a LASIK candidate. Visit www.griffineyecenter.com or call Toll Free: (888) 570-5789