Am I a Candidate for LASIK Surgery?
LASIK Surgery in Myrtle Beach
Leading ophthalmologist, Dr. Neil Griffin uses the latest and most advanced lasers. The laser speed, accuracy and safety allows Dr. Griffin the ability to expand treatment capabilities, enhancements of current treatments, broaden range of correction and provide the ultimate in safety and outcomes for our patients seeking LASIK surgery in Myrtle Beach.
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 (or sharpness). Call for a consultation for LASIK Surgery in Myrtle Beach to find out if LASIK is right for you.
Consultation Screening is Free: 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 for LASIK Surgery in Myrtle Beach with Dr. Griffin. *Please note: 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.
Surgeon Evaluation - $150.00:
A complete dilated eye exam with refraction is done to determine if your eyes are healthy and your prescription is stable. This will also include the most advanced mapping technology of your cornea to determine your highly personal surgical plan for your eyes. This fee will be paid at the day of the exam. When you schedule your surgery, this fee is credited towards the cost of the surgery.
To be eligible for LASIK surgery, potential candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age (21 years for mixed astigmatism).
- 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 corneal stability and accurate assessment of your prescription prior to the LASIK surgery procedure.
Corneal thickness plays an important role in determining proper candidacy for LASIK. Due to the nature of the procedure, candidates must have a minimum corneal thickness of approximately 0.5 mm.
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.
The Dangers of Wearing Contact Lenses before Having LASIK
When considering LASIK surgery, or any other kind of laser vision correction procedure, it’s important to understand how the everyday use of contact lenses can affect the procedure:
- Long-term wear: Continued long-term wear of contacts can alter the shape of your corneas, creating an inaccurate measurement of the shape of your cornea and wavefront scan of your visual system. You should discontinue use of contact lenses for a period before surgery to allow your corneas to go back to their original shape.
- The Custom process: When undergoing Custom LASIK surgery, we map your eyes for the procedure. If your eyes are measured for your LASIK procedure before they have returned to their natural shape, the laser programming will not reflect your true visual state.
- Open communication: It is important to advise your optometrist/ophthalmologist about the length of time you have been using contact lenses and what type of contact lenses you are currently using.