If you wear glasses or contacts, you have probably thought about LASIK surgery at one point or another, but is LASIK the correct procedure for you? We will try and give you some information about LASIK that will help you make a better decision. LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) surgery involves using a laser to reshape the part of your eye called the cornea. People who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism are the best candidates for LASIK surgery. Those with presbyopia (age related loss of focus on close up objects) are also candidates, but the surgery must be done differently with each eye and not everyone can adapt to the vision difference. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration there are some reasons why LASIK may not be right for some people. These reason include:
- Refractive Instability: Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding or who may have changes in there vision due to age (20 years of age or younger), hormone fluctuations, or medications may not be eligible for LASIK.
- Disease: Any disease which would prevent a wound from healing properly, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, or diabetes, may interfere with the proper healing of the cornea after a LASIK procedure.
- Sports: Athletes who receives regular blows to the head are not good candidates for LASIK.
- Age: LASIK surgery is not available for those under the age of 18.
- Other Factors: LASIK surgery may not be best for those with Blepharitis, large pupils, thin corneas, previous refractive surgery, or dry eyes.
If you are interested in LASIK surgery please make an appointment at one of our three Palm Beach Eye Center locations (Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach). Check out “Our Doctors” page for more information about our doctors and their expertise with laser surgery.