Thinking about having LASIK surgery, but wondering what it involves and if you are a good candidate? Hereís a free 1-Minute Lesson to get you started.

We Know: All About LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK EYE SURGERY is an out-patient procedure performed in a doctorís office to correct vision problems that are normally corrected by contacts or glasses, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The doctor uses a special laser to reshape the eyeís cornea to aid in its focusing power.

YOUíRE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LASIK SURGERY IF:

  • Your vision has not changed in the past year, i.e. itís stable.
  • Youíre over 18 years old. Currently, LASIK isnít approved for people under 18.
  • Your eyes are relatively healthy, meaning you donít have an eye disease.

THINGS THAT MAKE LASIK MORE DIFFICULT:

  • You have a tendency toward dry eyes.
  • You have thin corneas.
  • You have large pupils (be sure your eyes are evaluated in a dark room).
  • You are prone to inflammation of the eyelids with crusting of the eyelashes.
  • Youíve had previous refractive surgery such as RK, PRK and LASIK.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU A POOR CANDIDATE FOR LASIK:

  • Your vision is still changing, that is, you need a new prescription each year.
  • You have a disease or use medications that make the healing process difficult.
  • You participate in contact sports.
  • Youíre under 18 years old.
  • You have a job that prohibits refractive procedures.

A FEW RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION:

Don't base your decision simply on cost and don't settle for the first eye center, doctor, or procedure you investigate.


Be wary of eye centers that advertise, "20/20 vision or your money back" or "package deals." There are never any guarantees in medicine.


Read. It is important for you to read the patient handbook provided to your doctor by the manufacturer of the device used to perform the refractive procedure.



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