Are you tired of wearing glasses or worrying about cleaning your contact lenses all the time? Laser eye surgery can correct many common vision problems and free you of your need for corrective lenses for good. While laser eye surgery can be life changing, it isn’t the right treatment for everyone. Here are some signs that laser eye surgery, such as LASIK, could be a good fit for you:
You Have a Stable Vision Correction Prescription
Laser eye surgery only corrects the vision problems present in your eyes on the day of the procedure. It isn’t an effective preventative measure. For that reason, most laser eye surgeons recommend that patients avoid the procedure until their eye prescription has remained unchanged for a minimum of 12 months. When your prescription remains unchanged for that long, you can get the best possible results from the surgery, rather than finding that your vision worsens again shortly after the procedure.
You Have Laser-Treatable Vision Problems
Laser eye surgery doesn’t correct all kinds of vision ailments. It is best suited to treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In some cases, LASIK can be used to treat presbyopia, an age-related vision problem that impacts the eye’s ability to focus. However, it’s not a perfect solution for all patients with this problem. In some cases, distant vision is restored while up-close vision is compromised. Your doctor may ask you to try a special kind of contact lens before performing laser eye surgery for presbyopia.
You’re in Good Overall Health
Like all surgeries, laser eye surgery is associated with some risks. Your ophthalmologist will evaluate your general health and your eye health. You may need to make adjustments to certain medications before a laser procedure. You may also be unable to have laser eye surgery if you have insufficient tear production, which could compromise your eye’s ability to heal.
Are you interested in laser vision correction? Dr. Mark Hornfeld of Vista Laser Vision can help you choose the right laser procedure for your vision problems. Make an appointment at his New York City eye clinic today by calling (212) 580-8881.