Before You Have LASIK

Woman listening to her ophthalmologist about LASIK. BSIP/UIG

If you are seriously thinking of having LASIK surgery to correct your vision, you most likely have a few concerns about the procedure. Even though the thought of waking up each morning with clear vision is exciting, several important factors must be considered. Before you sign up for LASIK, take some time to review the following information.

Are You a Good LASIK Candidate?

Not everyone is a good candidate for laser-vision correction.

There are several conditions that may disqualify you from undergoing the procedure. A good LASIK candidate must qualify for the procedure by meeting several requirements. A thorough eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist is a great place to start. Don't forget, LASIK is a life altering procedure. Although it is an extremely commonly performed eye surgery in the United States, that does not meet it is right for everyone. You might have a a vision problem that LASIK would treat easily, however, you lifestyle or even your personality may cause your doctor to hesitate recommending the procedure. If you meet the requirements of LASIK and are a good candidate for the procedure, laser eye-surgery preparation will begin.

Risks Involved with LASIK

Refractive surgery often produces great results; however, there are risks involved in any medical procedure.

Even if the percentage of patients with problems or complications is small, if a problem happens to you, those statistic do not mean a thing. Listen to your doctor and if he recommends something for you to do to your eyes before LASIK, take it seriously. If you are considering undergoing LASIK, it is important to know the possible complications and limitations that may occur.

Your Vision After LASIK

LASIK will almost certainly reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses, but there can be no guarantee that you will be able to achieve perfect vision without glasses. It is very common, though, for patients to demonstrate excellent vision during follow-up examinations after the procedure and discontinue the use of glasses or contacts immediately. As long as you have well defined goals and understand that LASIK is designed to lessen the dependence on glasses and not deliver superior vision in every aspect of your life, then your result will most likley be even better than expected.

Further LASIK Considerations

Changes in your vision after LASIK may or may not be permanent, as your eyes are still capable of changing internally. Most patients, though, are extremely pleased with their LASIK results. 

Depending on the type of procedure being performed, LASIK usually costs between $2,500 to $6,000. LASIK costs have declined as the procedure has become more common. However, the technology used to deliver laser vision correction has increased in quality every year.

Depending on the type of laser being used, the facility and your particular vision problem, your procedure maybe more or less than the average.

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