When to go for LASIK & Laser Eye Surgery?

If you are suffering from poor vision and are tired of wearing prescribed glasses and lenses, you may want to consider LASIK eye surgery as a right solution. LASIK eye surgery is mostly considered as the permanent solution, although in certain cases nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism can return over a period of time, causing blurry vision. However, LASIK enhancement is another follow-up treatment to restore clear vision. While you’ve thought of considering LASIK eye surgery as an option, there may have been many unanswered questions in your mind like, what is it, who is it for, how safe is it and how much does it cost? Here’s all you need to know in a nutshell.

LASIK eye surgery is a type of vision correction treatment usually preferred by adults who use prescribed glasses and contact lenses. It is a surgical procedure performed by a trained ophthalmic surgeon, who utilizes a computer controlled non-thermal beam of light to gently reshape the cornea to improve the vision. The laser helps in the removal of microscopic bits of tissue to flatten the cornea to correct nearsightedness, steepen the cornea to correct farsightedness and smooth out the corneal irregularities to correct astigmatism. Many other safeguards are utilized to minimize the risk of surgery.

Lasik eye surgery is a small surgery performed simultaneously on each of the eyes on the same day. Vision improves immediately post surgery; however, it may continue to improve for a year.

Candidates for LASIK & Laser Eye Surgery

A research study says, about 80 percent of the adult population is a candidate for the LASIK/laser eye surgery, many of them sharing certain traits like:

  • One must have healthy eyes – no infection, cataract, glaucoma, severe dry eye or any other condition that would affect postoperative healing.
  • Having a vision problem like nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
  • You must be an adult – age 21 or above (with certain exceptions)
  • Patient’s vision must be stable for at least a year prior to the surgery.
  • If you are pregnant or nursing, the hormonal levels can affect the shape of your eye. In such cases, it is preferred to wait until the hormones are back to normal levels.
  • Also, one cannot have a degenerative or autoimmune disease since this would affect healing post-surgery.

However, it is preferred to get your eyes examined once by your eye practitioner and then opt for LASIK eye surgery. Book an appointment with us for an eye examination today and get a detailed report and expert guidance on LASIK eye surgery.