Posted by: Manhattan LASIK Center

A LASIK procedure could mean you do not have to wear corrective lenses ever again!  Most people who undergo the procedure achieve 20/20 vision and can carry on with their everyday activities normally. Additionally, LASIK has very minimal complications.

But the surgery is not for everyone. Here are a few insights to help you evaluate if you are a good candidate for LASIK.

What Is LASIK Eye Surgery?

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses (LASIK) is a popular laser refractive procedure for treating vision problems. These include astigmatism, nearsightedness (myopia), and farsightedness (hyperopia).

Refractive errors such as these occur when the shape of the eyeball is irregular. This causes light rays to bend (refract) incorrectly, focusing images in front or behind of the retina instead of on the retina. LASIK involves the creation of a flap in the cornea and reshaping of the corneal tissue to achieve refractive and vision correction. At Manhattan LASIK Center, our surgeons use the most advanced ZEISS VisuMax Femtosecond laser to correct the refractive error. After this, they place the flap back in position and the flap heals on its own in a few days.

Different Laser Eye Surgeries

There are different laser eye surgery methods. The option suitable for you depends on your preferences and individual circumstances. Some of the laser procedures include:

  • LASIK
  • Epithelial laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses (Epi-LASIK)
  • Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)
  • Small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE)

After discussing with your laser surgeon at Manhattan LASIK Center, you will undergo a free LASIK consultation to determine the surgery best suited for you.

Should You Get LASIK?

Several factors determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK. Generally, any laser eye procedure is well-suited for patients with no unusual eye issues. Their degree of refractive error should also be moderate or mild. Here is how you know if you are a good candidate.

Do You Have Stable Vision?

People with myopia have an unstable vision as they grow throughout their teenage years. Myopia progression decreases or stabilizes when they are over 18 years old. At this age, once their prescription stays the same for at least a 12-month period, they can consider LASIK. Some medications and conditions such as pregnancy might constantly alter your vision. Wait until you have a stable vision before considering the procedure.

Are Your Eyes Healthy?

To qualify for LASIK, you must have eyes of optimal health. Certain eye conditions disqualify you from LASIK. Some of them include

  • Keratoconus
  • Inflammation (such as uveitis)
  • Dry eyes
  • Eyelid disorders and injuries
  • Glaucoma

Also, LASIK is not recommended if you have acute myopia or high refractive error.

Are You in Good Health?

During the consultation, your LASIK surgeon in Paramus will ask questions regarding your medical history. Certain health conditions can negatively impact the outcome of LASIK surgery. Some of them include immune system disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis that diminish your capacity to heal.

To find out if you should get LASIK, contact Manhattan LASIK Center in Paramus, New Jersey at (201) 843-3861 today and schedule a FREE virtual consultation.