Have you ever wanted clear vision without having to wear glasses or contact lenses? Refractive eye surgery has become a very popular option used to correct refractive error. LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a type of refractive eye surgery, which uses a laser to reshape the eye’s cornea. LASIK is the most common refractive eye surgery today, with millions of LASIK procedures being performed worldwide; with most patients now living happily free of glasses and/or contact lenses. It is quick and almost painless, with little to no discomfort after the procedure.
Although LASIK surgery is relatively common, it is extremely important patients have a thorough eye examination before undergoing the procedure to ensure they are a suitable candidate. In order to determine if you are a good candidate for a LASIK procedure, your optometrist will need to assess your refractive error, the thickness of your cornea and the overall health of your eyes. Our optometrists are expertly trained to determine whether you are able to undergo the procedure. There are some cases where you may not be a suitable candidate for refractive eye surgery, the requirements for a suitable candidate generally include:
- Over 18 years old
- Stable prescription for at least 2-3 years
- No significant ocular disease
- No significant Dry Eye Syndrome
- No auto-immune diseases
- Not pregnant or nursing
- There is also an eye prescription criteria and certain medications which can interfere with the surgery and prevent you from having the procedure.
If you are unsure whether you meet the criteria our eye doctors will be able to complete a thorough check to see if you are a suitable candidate for Laser eye surgery.
Immediately following your refractive eye surgery, patients are required to use medicated eye drops and a clear protective shield to cover your eyes as they heal. We appropriately manage the healing process of all our patients as well as the long term future ocular health of each patient. We are on hand to answer any questions our patients may have prior or following the refractive eye surgery.
Book an eye exam with us today to see if you are a suitable LASIK referral candidate and begin your journey to correcting your vision.