Top 10 Lasik Checklist
Before you consider custom LASIK surgery, here are TEN points to consider:
1. Can you afford it?
You have to weigh the costs of surgery, as well as before and after surgery. If you need to take off time prior and post-surgery, you should account for loss of income or reduced income. Complications are rare, but if you are faced with one, can you afford the time and money that you may need in order to recover?
2. Do you have any medical conditions that makes LASIK eye surgery unsafe for you?
Some infections or medical conditions make it unsafe for you to undergo LASIK surgery. Remember to make your doctor aware of all your existing medical conditions in order to make the best decision for you.
3. Are you taking certain prescription and over-the-counter medications?
Some medications make it harder to recover after a surgery such as steriods which can slow down the healing the process or reduce you susceptibility to infections. You may have to finish your course for this medication prior to surgery. If you are on the medication on a long-term basis, you and your doctor can weight the risks and compare them to the benefits to determine how to proceed.
4. Are you nursing or pregnant?
This can affect how your eyes adjust before and after the surgery. Pregnancy and nursing cause changes to vision. If you get LASIK based on your eye condition at this period, your eyes may end up being “over-corrected” or “undercorrect” resulting in unsatisfactory post-surgery results and possible need for additional LASIK eye surgery. It is best to wait at least a year after pregnancy, or nursing prior to initiating surgery. This waiting period lets the eye sight normalize as much as possible.
5. Do you have other eye problems except vision correction?
If you have other existing eye problem apart from the need to wear glasses and contacts, you may not be a good candidate for LASIK. Your LASIK opthalmologist is the best person to advise as you decide on LASIK surgery.
6. Do you need a really strong prescritpion or wear glasses/contacts only occassionally?
If you can get by without glasses/contact some times, your candidacy for LASIK will have to be determined to make sure it is absolutely necessary. Also, if you have a strong prescription, correction your eye via LASIK may not be successful and may need multiple surgeries.
7. Is your vision stable?
If your prescription has changed over the past one year, or has not been stable, you may consider waiting until your eyesight stabilizes in order to prevent a need for additional surgeries as your eyesight changes.
8. Do you produce enough tears?
After LASIK, your eyes may tend to get drier and you may be required to use artifical eye drops to keep it moistened. If your eyes do not produce enough tears prior to surgery, this could cause a bigger problem post-surgery.
9. Are are your pupils extra large?
Your physician will determine if your pupil is in a good condition to proceed with LASIK surgery after physical examinations.
10. How thick is your cornea?
Your cornea has to be the right amount of thickness for LASIK to work. LASIK involves the cutting of a flap on the cornea and the right thickeness will get better results post-surgery.
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