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Is LASIK Surgery Right For You?

If you have a refractive error such as myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism, you likely need glasses or contacts to see correctly. Every year, you will need to have your eyes checked to have your glasses and contacts checked. Most people who wear glasses get a new pair every year or two. If you wear contacts, you will need to buy your supply every year which can cost a few hundred dollars, depending on the type of contacts that you wear. If you are tired of relying on glasses or contacts to see correctly, you should consider Lasik surgery.

What Is Lasik Surgery?

Lasik surgery is a form of laser surgery that can correct your refractive error. After the procedure, most people no longer need to rely on glasses or contacts. If you are considering Lasik, you should understand that not everyone is a good candidate. If you want to know if Lasik surgery is right for you, there are a few things that you should consider.

What Is Your Prescription?

To be a good candidate for this procedure, your prescription would need to be within certain parameters. If you are nearsighted, the procedure can correct up to -11.00. If you are farsighted, the procedure can correct up to +5.00. If you have astigmatism, Lasik can correct up to 5.00. If your prescription doesn't fit within these parameters, the surgery won't help you to see as well as glasses or contacts would.

Are Your Eyes Mature?

To be a good candidate for Lasik, your eye would need to have reached maturity. This occurs when you are 18-years-old. Until your eyes have reached maturity, your ophthalmologist won't perform the procedure.

Are Your Eyes Healthy?

For the procedure to be successful, your eyes need to be healthy and free of disease. Glaucoma, macular degeneration, keratoconus, and cataracts would make you a poor candidate. If you suffer from chronic dry eye syndrome, Lasik can worsen your symptoms. If you have a condition that causes your vision to fluctuate often, Lasik won't be effective.

Are You Healthy?

Your health would determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure. If you suffer from uncontrolled diabetes, your ophthalmologist won't be able to do the procedure. The same is true if you have an autoimmune disease. If you are pregnant or nursing, your eye doctor will suggest that you wait until you give birth and you are no longer nursing to have the procedure performed.

If you are tired of relying on glasses or contacts, you should schedule an appointment with Swan Family Optometry. We perform Lasik in Fair Oaks, CA to make wearing glasses and contacts a thing of the past. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.  

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