If you already rely on wearing glasses or contact lenses to be able to see clearly, you may be frustrated with the effect that they have on your life. Regular vision tests, finding glasses to suit your face shape, having to remember to take eyeglasses with you wherever you go, prescription sunglasses, fiddly contact lenses… the list of inconveniences associated with conventional ocular solutions is extensive.
LASIK is a modern, minimally-invasive procedure that can substantially reduce or eliminate your need to use eyeglasses or contact lenses, allowing you to enjoy life without limitations or inconvenience. The popularity and success of LASIK laser eye surgery have helped to make it the number one elective surgery across the globe.
LASIK has an extremely high success rate. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 96% of patients achieve 20/20 vision or better. However, it’s high success rate doesn’t make LASIK automatically the right solution for everyone.
Candidacy for LASIK is assessed by through our office on a case by case basis so that you can be certain that whatever treatment is recommended for you, it will give you the very best opportunity to improve your vision. During your consultation, we will perform a thorough examination of your eyes and vision, ask you about your general health and talk you through both the procedure and aftercare.
The general guidelines for LASIK candidacy state that patients must:
be at least 18 years of age
have had stable vision with no prescription changes for a minimum of 12 months
have a current prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses that falls between specified parameters recommended for LASIK
have no significant medical or eye-related problems such as glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy or certain autoimmune diseases
have no history of corneal disease
not be pregnant or nursing at the time of the procedure or planning pregnancy within 6 mo.
An important element of any LASIK consultation is the conversation surrounding the expectations and predicted outcomes of your procedure. Many people mistakenly believe that LASIK will completely eliminate their need for glasses. While this is the case in the majority of the patients, a good candidate for LASIK understands and accepts that they may still require the use of prescription in some circumstances, such as when driving in low light conditions, or if over 40, when reading.
If you are interested in finding out more about LASIK laser eye surgery, do not hesitate to contact our friendly, knowledgeable team. We look forward to supporting your journey to clearer vision.