• Blog >
  • Is LASIK Surgery Right For You?
RSS Feed

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.  

Exclusive Offer

New private-pay patients receive 25% OFF eyewear on the first visit if you mention this ad!

Office Hours

Monday:

9:00 am-4:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-5:45 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-6:45 pm

Thursday:

8:30 am-6:45 pm

Friday:

8:30 am-5:45 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-1:45 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Location

Testimonials

  • "Very professional, thorough, helpful, informative and friendly. Great service. Highly recommend."
    A Google User - Fair Oaks, CA

Featured Articles

Read up on informative topics

  • How To Read Your Eyeglass Prescription

    Have you ever wondered what your eyeglass prescription says about your vision? ...

    Read More
  • Are Floaters A Sign Of Something Bigger?

    Worried about floaters? Find out when this common vision symptom can be a sign of a serious problem. ...

    Read More
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why do I need to see an eye care provider? Many “silent” diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetes, can only be detected through regular eye exams. When these conditions are discovered earlier rather than later, they become easier to treat or manage, allowing for better long-term preservation of eyesight. ...

    Read More
  • Pediatric Ophthlamology

    Ophthalmology addresses the physiology, anatomy and diseases of the eyes. Pediatric ophthalmology focuses on the eyes of children. Pediatric ophthalmologists examine children’s eyes to see if they need corrective lenses or other treatments to improve their vision. Training for Pediatric Ophthalmologists Pediatric ...

    Read More
  • Allergies

    Caused by the same irritants as hay fever, runny nose, coughing, and sneezing, eye allergies commonly affect those who suffer from other allergy symptoms. Not only do eye allergies cause discomfort, but they can also interfere with daily activities. Eye Allergy Causes Medically referred to as allergic ...

    Read More
  • Learning-Related Vision Problems

    Learning disabilities may include dyslexia, math disorder, writing disorder, auditory processing deficits, or visual processing deficits. Although each child with a learning disability is unique, many also have associated visual problems. Addressing these vision disorders may alleviate some symptoms ...

    Read More
  • UV Radiation and Your Eyes

    Optometry warnings about the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation on our eyes have not yet reached the degree of public awareness of that of skin damage. Yet, the sun can be just as damaging upon our eyes with unprotected exposure. Short-term exposure to very bright sunlight can result in a type ...

    Read More
  • How To Protect Your Eyes While Wearing Halloween-Themed Contact Lenses

    Spooky novelty contact lenses can make your Halloween costume even scarier, but are they safe? ...

    Read More
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy

    Fuchs' dystrophy (pronounced fooks DIS-truh-fee) is an eye disease characterized by degenerative changes to the cornea’s innermost layer of cells. The cause for Fuchs' dystrophy is not fully understood. If your mother or father has the disease, then there is roughly a 50 percent chance that you will ...

    Read More
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    One of the leading causes of vision loss in people who are age 50 or older is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This common eye condition leads to damage of a small spot near the center of the retina called the macula. The macula provides us with the ability to clearly see objects that are straight ...

    Read More

Newsletter Signup

Sign up for more articles