Anyone who wears eyeglasses or contact lenses has probably heard about and wondered about LASIK surgery as an alternative. While the thought of never having to change your contacts or deal with fogged-up glasses is attractive, it is important to understand that LASIK is not right for everyone. It does have a pretty good track record, and those who have had LASIK are generally happy with the results, but it is not without risks. Below are some of the things to consider if you are thinking about having your vision corrected with LASIK.
If you have only a moderate degree of myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism, LASIK could reduce or eliminate your need for other corrective lenses. If your condition is more severe, it will either eliminate you as a candidate, or your results will be less than satisfactory, and you’ll still need to wear some sort of corrective lens.
Age can be a factor to consider because although LASIK may give you improved distance vision, it can make reading even more difficult than it was previously if you have reached the point in your life that you are experiencing presbyopia (difficulty reading small print).
You should be sure to discuss all the potential risks involved with LASIK before you go through with the procedure. Although most problems are quite rare, you should be prepared for the possibility. Risks such as undercorrection, overcorrection, vision disturbances such as glare, halos and double vision, dry eyes and infections due to flap problems have been known to occur. The important thing is to have a quality LASIK pre-op exam to be fully and professionally assessed as a candidate.
If you live in the Newmarket, ON area and would like to know more about LASIK and would like to schedule a pre-op exam and assessment, give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Optometry.