If you're considering LASIK surgery, you'll meet with an experienced ophthalmologist to check your vision and review your medical history. The ophthalmologist will discuss traditional and custom LASIK options.
The requirements for LASIK are:
- Over 18
- Good overall health
- Good vision health
- Vision errors within the FDA's approved range
- Stable eyesight for 18-24 months
Before your LASIK procedure begins, you will receive a thorough eye examination, in which the amount of refractive error and corneal thickness will be measured to determine your risk of tear problems and unstable vision.
Several existing medical conditions can create poor results, such as rheumatoid arthritis, advanced glaucoma, keratoconus, untreated cataracts, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and autoimmune disorders. Age and vision stability are also key when considering LASIK.
Many over 40 years of age require reading glasses and can see at a distance but not up close ('hyperopia'). For nearsighted individuals, the problem is reversed. They wear glasses to see far away, and remove them to see close up ('myopia'). But LASIK will change all of that and, for most nearsighted individuals who do not wish to adjust their close up vision, monovision is an option. In this procedure only one eye is corrected for distance and the other for close up vision, reducing the need for reading glasses.
LASIK risks include:
- Insufficient corneal tissue- resulting in a less-than-optimal result
- Regression- requiring a second procedure
- Glare or haloes - seen around objects at night
- Dry eyes- caused by regenerating sensory nerves
Avoid choosing a LASIK surgeon based on price alone. Many who offer low prices perform surgery all day, every day in order to meet their bottom lines. These physicians won't have the time to be concerned with your individual circumstances, so avoid price shopping for something as precious as your sight. Instead, choose a LASIK surgeon with proven training and experience, like the professionals at Sacramento LASIK group Griffin & Reed Eye Care.