Since the FDA approved LASIK for use in 1998, millions have decided it’s the right choice for their vision correction. LASIK surgery offers individuals greater freedom from traditional corrective eyewear. In fact, more than 40 million people in the U.S. are candidates for laser correction. You might be one of them.
If you’re considering LASIK, it’s important to understand what it is, what to expect and what factors make someone a good or poor candidate for the procedure.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is the most advanced procedure in correcting nearsightedness and astigmatism. With LASIK, an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in surgical treatment of the eyes) uses a laser to reshape the cornea at the front of the eye, improving the way eyes focus.
Performed as outpatient surgery, LASIK usually takes between 5 and 15 minutes. However, patients should allow for about 2 hours on the day of their treatment. Prior to the procedure, eye-drop anesthesia is used to numb the eye, so no injections are necessary. Right after treatment, some patients report minor discomfort, similar to having an eyelash or a dry contact lens in their eye. Patients see the results of LASIK treatment immediately with better vision that continues to improve as their eyes heal and adjust to their new shape.
Is LASIK right for you?
If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, you may be a good candidate for laser vision correction. Good LASIK candidates must:
• Be at least 18 years old
• Be in good general health
• Have no health issues affecting the eyes
• Have no active eye conditions that may affect healing
• Have a stable vision prescription for at least one year
If you are pregnant or nursing, you shouldn’t consider LASIK at this time, because your refractive error may fluctuate. Also, LASIK does not treat presbyopia, the age-related vision problem that occurs in most individuals starting in their early 40s and can make reading more difficult.
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