LASIK surgery for vision correction is a wonderful option for most people. However, not everyone is a good candidate. Below are some of the requirements to determine if LASIK may be the right choice for you.
- Your eyes are generally healthy. The most common problem that needs to be addressed prior to LASIK is dry eye. If you have problems with dryness, your symptoms may worsen after LASIK. Other diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma can interfere with your vision – depending on their severity, LASIK may not be an option.
- Your cornea must be of adequate thickness. During LASIK, our surgeon will sculpt your cornea in order to correct your vision. If your cornea is too thin, this can compromise the results.
- Your prescription must be within certain parameters. Patients with very high refractive errors may have unpredictable results after LASIK surgery. Depending on your prescription, our LASIK surgeon may recommend a different type of treatment for your refractive error.
- You must be old enough. During childhood and teenage years, your vision continues to change. The FDA has approved LASIK for individuals 18 years or older.
- Your vision must be stable. If your vision is still changing, LASIK may not provide you with the long-term results you’re expecting.
- You must not be pregnant or nursing. Hormones associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause changes in the cornea. It’s recommended that patients wait several months after delivery or weaning before being assessed for LASIK.
- You must have good overall health. Patients with issues like uncontrolled diabetes and autoimmune diseases are at increased risk for complications from surgeries such as LASIK.
If you are interested in LASIK or another vision correction surgery, please contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey’s Bloomfield Hills office for an appointment. Our experienced ophthalmologists will examine your eyes to see what is best for you.