5 Issues to Think About When Considering LASIK
If you are considering LASIK, we recommend that you investigate the surgery thoroughly before booking your procedure. Dr. Salvatore DeCanio, your LASIK specialist in Lake Worth, FL, has prepared the following review of the issues to think about.
1. Vision Prescriptions that Qualify for Recommendations for LASIK
The success of LASIK depends upon several factors, including your refractive error. People with mild to moderate nearsightedness usually experience the highest level of success. In contrast, people with a high prescription for nearsightedness or farsightedness and astigmatism typically experience less predictable results.
If your vision is fairly good and you see sharp enough to not need glasses or contact lenses all of the time, your potential improvement from LASIK may not be worth the possible risks and side effects.
2. Health Condition of Your Eyes
LASIK is most suitable for people who don’t have an eye condition that can compromise the outcome of the surgery. Some examples of eye conditions that could be problematic when considering LASIK include:
- Eye disease that leads to progressive deterioration of your vision
- Any condition that causes a thinning of the cornea (such as keratoconus); even if keratoconus runs in your family, LASIK may not be right for you
- A problem that affects the eye area, such as keratitis, herpes simplex, and uveitis
- Eyelid disorders
- History of eye injuries
- Dry eye syndrome; LASIK can sometimes worsen dry eyes
- Large pupils; after LASIK, this condition can cause side effects, such as glare, starbursts, and halos
3. Your Overall Health Condition
Your general health and well-being must also be weighed into your decision to undergo LASIK. Particular medical conditions can raise the risks associated with LASIK, as well as make the results less predictable.
Any condition that affects your immune system and interferes with healing (for example – lupus, HIV, rheumatoid arthritis) can cancel out your recommendations for LASIK. Also, if you are taking specific drugs, such as prednisone or Accutane, or an immunosuppressive drug for any reason, the use of these medications may disqualify you. People with diabetes may not be good candidates for LASIK. Speak with your eye doctor for more information.
4. Ideal Age for LASIK
It is not advised to have LASIK while your vision is still changing. That’s why patients must be over 18 before undergoing this laser refractive surgery. Along with age, certain life stages, such as pregnancy and breast-feeding, may make your vision fluctuate. The typical recommendations for LASIK encourage you to wait until your vision has stabilized.
If you are over age 40, have presbyopia, and and considering LASIK, you may want to have your vision corrected for monovision. This will give you the ability to clearly see objects that are near. Monovision corrects one eye for distance and the other eye for close.
5. Be Aware of the Risks of LASIK
LASIK is regarded as one of the safest elective surgical procedures around. That being said, there are still potential risks involved with every surgery. Side effects, such as dry eyes and temporary disturbances to your vision are quite common. However, they are usually short-lived.
Making a Final Decision about LASIK
The choice to have laser refractive surgery or not is a personal one, and there are no absolute answers. You need to think about all of the issues above, make sure that your visual expectations are realistic, and discuss your situation with Dr. Salvatore DeCanio, your LASIK specialist in Lake Worth, FL. We have performed LASIK refractive surgery for many satisfied patients in Palm Beach County. Contact our office to book your consultation today!