Questions You Should Ask Your Eye Doctor Before LASIK

Is your poor vision affecting your ability to accomplish your daily responsibilities? Is it affecting your quality of life? If so, you should consider any of the solutions that can help you enjoy a noticeable improvement in your eyesight. Have you considered LASIK eye surgery?
 

What Is LASIK?


This is one of the most commonly performed and effective eye procedures meant to correct various refractive errors. LASIK is an acronym for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis. It is a better alternative to contact lenses or eyeglasses.
 

What Happens During the Procedure?


During the procedure, your LASIK Surgeon will use a specialized cutting laser to change the shape of your cornea to improve vision. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped tissue located at the front of the eye.


For individuals with normal vision, the cornea refracts/bends light precisely onto the retina. But when it comes to people with astigmatism, hyperopia, or myopia, the cornea bends the light incorrectly. This results in blurred vision.


Prescription contact lenses and eyeglasses can correct such vision problems. However, they cannot reshape the cornea to provide the necessary level of refraction. If you are considering LASIK, you are probably tired of your contacts or eyeglasses. But before you consider this option, you need to consult your eye doctor or schedule a Free Virtual Consultation at Manhattan LASIK Center. We will help you choose the most appropriate vision correction option for you.
 

Other Questions You Should Ask Your Eye Doctor


What Should You Expect?


At your consultation, we will determine the type and level of your vision problem. This will help ascertain whether you will respond well to LASIK. This type of treatment usually responds better to lower to moderate levels of refractive errors. If you have a severe form of refractive error, alternative treatment options may be recommended.

Who Is Old Enough to Undergo LASIK Surgery?


The minimum age to undergo LASIK is 18. In addition to this age requirement, it is equally important to ensure that your eye prescription has been stable for a period of 12 months before deciding to get LASIK.

What Are the Risks?


LASIK surgery has extremely high success rates. However, you need to understand that people respond differently to any type of surgical procedure. Right after surgery, you should expect to experience mild discomfort, light sensitivity, and blurred vision.


Also, one of your eyes may heal faster than the other one. This is no cause for concern. You simply need to attend your follow-up visits and follow the post-operative instructions given by your team at Manhattan LASIK Center.


Can Certain Health Conditions Rule Out LASIK?


Certain health conditions can restrict candidacy for LASIK surgery. These may include diabetes and autoimmune diseases, as well as certain eye diseases and injuries. After a thorough examination, your LASIK Surgeon will be able to give you expert insight on if you are a good candidate.

Are the Results Permanent?


LASIK is considered a permanent surgical laser vision correction solution. Yet, it is important to understand that your eyes will continue to age just like the rest of your body. Therefore, some people find a touch-up treatment useful later in their life. A high level of refractive error may also increase your likelihood of undergoing another LASIK procedure.

 

For more about LASIK or to schedule a FREE virtual consultation, contact Manhattan LASIK Center at our offices in Manhattan and Roslyn, New York, or Paramus and Edison, New Jersey by calling (212) 759-9617 today!