Posted by: Manhattan LASIK Center

Your eye health needs to be a priority regardless of your age. Your vision is an essential part of your everyday life. A good vision will help you enjoy different activities that enhance your life. You need to keep this in mind when making decisions related to correcting your eyesight.

If you have been wearing glasses or contacts, you may be thinking about getting LASIK surgery.  If you decide to get LASIK, you may be questioning when is the right time to get the procedure.

Getting LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK is the most commonly performed type of laser refractive surgery. The surgical procedure helps correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. When eyes are healthy, images focus directly on the retina found at the back of the eyes.

For people with refractive errors due to the shape of the cornea, the images focus in front or behind the eye retina. This causes the objects to appear blurred. LASIK surgery helps correct the error by reshaping the cornea.

Right Time to Get LASIK

Eye care professionals agree that the stability of your vision will determine the best time to get LASIK. This means that age is not necessarily a factor if you are over 18. Children are at the age where their prescription is still changing. This means they are not good candidates for the procedure.

On the other hand, seniors may be experiencing other eye issues and may not be at the best time for LASIK. If your prescription has remained stable for at least 12 months, you may be a good candidate for LASIK.

Who Should Get LASIK?

Some people benefit from LASIK more than others. Individuals in professions like mechanical engineering or architecture, where keen vision is crucial, benefit greatly from the procedure. The procedure is also ideal for professional athletes. Anyone who requires perfect or near-perfect eyesight can benefit from the surgery.

Contacts and glasses can offer a temporary solution, but they can be an inconvenience in some cases. Glasses can hinder peripheral vision, while contacts can be a nuisance, especially for those with dry eye and other issues.

On the other hand, individuals who are pregnant, nursing, or have other conditions listed on this page may not be LASIK candidates.

Vision Changes After LASIK

It is important to realize that your eyes can change over time after you get LASIK. The procedure gets the eyesight to an optimum level, but this can change with time, just as it does without surgery.

According to the Refractive Surgery Council around 10 percent of patients who get LASIK require a touchup or enhancement at some point after the surgery. If you get surgery to correct a drastic change, chances are that you may need a touchup at some future date.

Do You Have Healthy Eyes?

LASIK eye surgery is ideal for people with a moderate refractive error and no unusual vision issues. Having healthy eyes is a distinct advantage if you choose to get LASIK surgery. The team at Manhattan LASIK Center will examine your eyes and ask questions about your general eye health.

The free consultation will help ensure that you do not have eye conditions that can result in poor surgical outcomes or complications. If you have eye inflammation, eyelid disorders, injuries, and diseases that cause vision deterioration, surgery might not be for you.

If you meet the conditions, getting LASIK will help you save money in the long run. It also helps you enjoy a clear vision all your life.

For more on LASIK, contact Manhattan LASIK Center in Roslyn, New York at (516) 461-2300 today to schedule a FREE Virtual Consultation.