If you have been wearing corrective lenses for vision problems, you may wonder if you could eliminate the need for them with LASIK surgery. While many people do find success with this procedure, it is not recommended for everyone. To determine if you would be a candidate for LASIK, the best thing to do is give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, so we can assess your situation.
There are a few things that will be a part of the decision, including:
- Age – LASIK surgery can only be performed on those 18 years of age or older.
- Health – You must be in good health, as certain health conditions, such as immune problems, uncontrolled diabetes, and collagen vascular disease, will rule you out of being a candidate for LASIK.
- Vision – You must have experienced stable vision for at least one year before LASIK can be performed.
- Current Issues – Various issues with your eyes could rule you out, such as chronic dry eye, eye injury, eye infection and other eye issues.
- Pregnancy/Nursing – If you are pregnant or nursing, you must wait at least three months after nursing has discontinued before undergoing LASIK, due to hormonal issues.
- Corneal Thickness – You will need a full eye exam as part of your assessment to measure the thickness of your cornea.
There may also be other requirements, depending on the type of LASIK to be performed. If you are currently a contact lens wearer, we will tell you how long you must go without wearing them prior to your procedure. This is necessary to ensure corneal stability and to determine the precise LASIK assessment. While LASIK will most likely improve your vision, it is not guaranteed to give you 20/20 results, as no two people respond the same way.
Feel free to give us a call to arrange an appointment to discuss whether you are a good candidate for LASIK. We can also answer any questions you may have about this procedure.