Laser Eye Surgery: Are You a Candidate for Vision Correction?


Some people don’t consider the option of laser eye surgery to correct their vision problems, simply because they are not aware that the procedure will work for their particular problem.

Whilst having laser eye surgery does not guarantee a 100% success of providing you with 20/20 vision, the success rate for improving visual acuity and giving a sharpness to your vision that wasn’t there before the surgery, is actually quite high.

The first thing to do is to understand what laser eye surgery can achieve and whether it is suitable for you or your particular problem.

LASIK surgery

You can search resources like this site to find a suitable laser eye surgery nearest to you and ask about your suitability for LASIK surgery, which is the procedure used to fix some common eye problems.

LASIK is used to treat severe examples of nearsightedness and more moderate examples of astigmatism and farsightedness. The primary aim of this surgery is correct your vision problems or improve them considerably, as well as reducing your dependency on glasses or contact lenses.

Is it right for you?

Although there are a number of common eye problems that many of us suffer from, the level of severity of the problem and your overall health profile, will often determine your suitability for having laser eye surgery.

As a general guide, you will have to be at least 18 years of age and in good general health before even being considered for the procedure. Patients who have certain conditions such as diabetes or autoimmune or vascular disease, could be considered unsuitable, as they have a condition that compromises the immune response.

Correct diagnosis

The surgeon will need to be made fully aware of your medical history in relation to your eye health and to be considered suitable for surgery. You need to be free from recognised eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts.

There are other procedures that deal with cataracts for example, but in order to be considered suitable for LASIK surgery you will need to ensure that your eye health or condition is rectifiable using this laser surgery.

You will also need to be free of any eye infections or injury before having the procedure and if you currently suffer from dry eyes on a regular basis, you should make the eye doctor aware of this fact.

Contact lenses

Another important point to discuss is whether you regularly wear contact lenses at the moment.

Long term wearing of contact lenses can alter the shape of your cornea, which may lead to an inaccurate measurement of the shape of your cornea.

This measurement is vital to the success of the laser eye surgery and the best advice is to cease wearing your contact lenses for a period of time before you have the surgery, so that the most accurate measurement can be obtained.

Always discuss the fact that you are wearing contact lenses with your surgeon and heed the advice given about wearing contacts before having LASIK surgery.

Finlay Henry is an administrator for an ophthalmologist. He likes to write about his experiences on the web. You can find his articles on many lifestyle and health websites.

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  1. says

    It seems like lasik surgery is something that would be a good idea for me to do but also I might have to talk to a doctor from one of the Ophthalmology care centers near my town. Mostly to see what are the things that he would recommend me do before proceeding on to the surgery. Well, what things will the doctor need to know about my eye health?

  2. says

    Great breakdown of the different paths you can take to correct your vision. It’s nice to have helpful information available to those seeking help. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. says

    LASIK seems like a great option for those who need it. I don’t have any vision problems at the moment, but my brother does. He has been looking into LASIK (no pun intended), and we think he qualifies, but we didn’t know about the contact lens thing. He’ll have to ask about that.

  4. says

    I’ve been thinking about getting LASIK eye surgery for a while, since I’m pretty nearsighted. It’s good to know that, if I were to consider the surgery, I’d have to be properly diagnosed and clear of other eye problems. It makes sense that conditions like glaucoma and cataracts should be dealt with differently, since they don’t have anything to do with the shape of the cornea, and correcting the cornea won’t do much if you still have cataracts. Thanks for the information.

  5. says

    Wow, I never knew that so much went in to even being qualified for Laser Eye Surgery. I have a coworker who is heavily looking into laser surgery as an option. He wears contact lenses all the time, though. I wonder if he knows that it could be altering his cornea enough to keep him from being able to get the surgery. I’ll definitely have to share this with him the next time i see him.

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