Are you thinking about getting LASIK eye surgery? If so, you’re probably wondering if you’re a candidate for the procedure. While many people are eligible for LASIK eye surgery, there are some factors to consider before making your decision. In this post, we’ll explore who is qualified for LASIK and what to expect from the process. We’ll also discuss the benefits of having the procedure and how to determine if it’s right for you.
LASIK is a surgical procedure that utilizes a laser beam to reshape the cornea and improve vision. It is best suited for adults suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Your vision must also be stable to attain the best results from LASIK. In other words, your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription should have remained unchanged.
If you’re interested in getting LASIK surgery, there are a few criteria that need to be met. You should be at least 18 years old to qualify. Or, ideally, 21+ when your vision is more stable.
Your vision shouldn’t have changed much in the past year, and your refractive error should be one that LASIK can treat. For example, LASIK cannot correct presbyopia. It’s a type of refractive error that makes it difficult for older adults to see things up close.
Another requirement is having corneas that are healthy and of adequate thickness. Your overall eye health should also be in a good state. Lastly, it’s essential to have realistic expectations about what the procedure can and cannot do for you.
Your eye doctor will conduct a thorough eye examination prior to the surgical procedure, taking an in-depth image of your cornea. Right before the operation, your doctor will use numbing drops on your eye and may also give you medications to help you relax.
During the surgery, they will make a small incision in your cornea and then fold it back. Then, using a laser, they will adjust the shape of your cornea. Finally, the flap cut in the beginning is put back into position.
After your surgery, you may experience discomfort in the eye, and your vision might be blurry. It’s important to have someone to give you a ride home for safety reasons. Your doctor will also likely prescribe medication and/or eye drops to help with any discomfort and pain. To ensure proper healing, you may also be required to wear a patch over the affected eye during sleep.
You should be able to see after LASIK eye surgery. However, it normally takes 2-3 months for your eyes to fully heal. Your vision will steadily improve as you recover, so keep an eye on your progress. Make sure to speak with your doctor and find out when you can return to your daily routines.
Did you know that nine out of ten (90%) LASIK patients achieve 20/20 to 20/40 vision without the aid of eyeglasses or contacts? Find out if you’re eligible for this surgery today with our experienced team at Inland Family Optometry. Call our office now in Rancho Cucamonga, California, at (909) 345-6100. You may also book an appointment at our other office in Chino, California, at (909) 345-9809.