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Are You an Ideal Candidate for LASIK?

LASIK surgery with Nevada eye Physicians has brought joy and improved vision to the lives of many patients, but it’s important to remember that LASIK is not the perfect solution for everyone. Like any other form of surgery, it’s important for patients to understand the advantages and risks of the surgery, as well as the aspects that could define them as a good or bad candidate.

LASIK vision correction surgery works by reshaping the cornea of the eye, so that the light travelling through it can be focused properly onto the retina for a clearer image. The term ‘LASIK’ stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, and is used to correct the vision of people who have suffered various common sight problems.

Who is LASIK right for?

LASIK surgery is generally considered to be the most appropriate form of vision correction for people who suffer with moderate issues regarding:

  • Farsightedness (hyperopia), which allows you to see distant objects well, but can mean that you struggle to see nearby objects clearly.

  • Nearsightedness (myopia) which allows you to see nearby objects well, but can mean that you struggle to see distant objects clearly.

  • Astigmatism which can cause blurry vision overall.

Over 90% of the people who undergo LASIK treatment find that they achieve something between 20/20 and 20/40 vision without the use of contact lenses or eyeglasses. However, before you have the surgery you should be comfortable with the possibility that you may need to participate in a ‘retreatment’ in order to reach your ultimate goal, or that you may need to continue wearing glasses for certain activities such as driving. It’s usually a prudent idea to discuss your career and lifestyle with your Nevada Eye & Ear surgeon before LASIK surgery, since some activities are not compatible with this kind of procedure.

Who is LASIK not right for?

Some of the most significant factors that could impact whether LASIK is the right course of action for you include:

  • Large pupil size. This will be evaluated in your pre-LASIK exam, since it can lead to undesirable results such as halos or glare.

  • Age. The ideal patient for LASIK surgery will be over 21 years of age, since there is more chance of the refractive error in the vision experiencing changes before this age. Some patients beyond the age of 21 still experience refractive changes which can make them unsuitable for LASIK, and one of our experienced ophthalmologists will confirm your refractive error stability before surgery.

  • Degree of refractive error: Serious or significantly high levels of refractive error, such as farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism might not be compatible with LASIK surgery.

  • Pregnancy. A woman who is nursing or pregnant should not get LASIK surgery, as their refractive error can fluctuate during this time.

  • Other medical issues. There are various health conditions and eye-related problems that can have an impact on whether a person is defined as a fabulous candidate for LASIK surgery. You should be sure that you and your Nevada Eye & Ear surgeon review your eye health and medical history, as well as your current medications and health status within the pre-LASIK examination.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.