Is Lasik Eye Surgery Right for You?

Discover if you’re a candidate for Lasik surgery

Are you considering having Lasik surgery? If you wear glasses or contacts, it’s probably crossed your mind once or twice. The thought of life without glasses or contacts is like a dream come true – especially to those people who have had vision problems all their life. Before you make your decision, discover if you’re a candidate for the surgery and if it’s right for you.

What is Lasik Surgery?

The acronym LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It is a type of refractive surgery where an ophthalmologist uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. According to the New York Times (1), since approval in 1995, more than 12 million people have had Lasik surgery with a 95% success rate.

Are you a good candidate for Lasik?

While Lasik surgery is becoming more common, it is still a very delicate surgery and there are many factors that help decide whether or not your surgery will be a success and whether you should even consider this type of surgery. To be a good candidate for Lasik you must meet the following criteria:

— You must be older than 18-years-old

— You must be in good overall physical health – Lasik isn’t recommended for people with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus

— You must have healthy eyes – Lasik isn’t for anyone with glaucoma, herpes infection of the eyes, cataracts, keracotonus, or retinal disease

— You must not currently take an oral prednisone

— You must not pregnant or nursing

If you meet these requirements, it’s possible that lasik surgery will work for you. However, you need to remember that there are risks of complications with any surgery and Lasik is no exception. Before deciding to have surgery, seriously consider if not wearing glasses or contacts is really that important to you. If so, Lasik surgery may be just the right fit for you and your dream of no glasses and contacts may really come true.

(1) Barnaby J. Feder, “As Economy Slows, So Do Laser Eye Surgeries,” The New York Times, April 24, 2008