Are you tired of relying on glasses or contacts to see objects near or far? Are you sick of blurry vision and want to see more clearly?
If so, you may already be considering laser vision correction surgery procedures like LASIK. Please read below for more common issues you should address before you do. Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ can also help you connect with a skilled and reliable LASIK and vision correction expert in your area.
LASIK and PRK are laser surgical procedures that reshape your cornea to correct your refractive error. After laser vision correction surgery, you typically will not need to rely on glasses or contacts too see near or up close. However, you should expect that one day you will need reading glasses as you get into your 40’s and 50’s since laser vision correction surgery will rarely improve reading problems associated with Presbyopia.
Before you can go ahead with laser eye surgery, there are certain criteria you must meet to be considered a good candidate.
To be a good candidate for LASIK, your prescription needs to fit within certain parameters.
If you are nearsighted, your prescription can be no higher than about -11.00 diopters.
If you are farsighted, your prescription can be no higher than +6.00 diopters.
Finally, if you have astigmatism, your prescription can be no higher than 5.00 diopters.
Your eyes also need to be healthy and free of disease. If you have glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or cataracts, you are probably not a suitable candidate for laser vision correction surgery. Because LASIK and PRK can exacerbate the symptoms of dry eye, laser eye surgery might not be the best option for you.
Finally, if your vision hasn't been stable for the past year, you will not qualify for LASIK or PRK, which is why finding a LASIK surgeon with proven expertise since he or she can determine whether you are a good candidate for laser vision correction surgery.
The thickness of your cornea plays an important part in whether or not you qualify for laser vision correction surgery. To be a good candidate, your cornea needs to be at least 0.5mm. If your cornea is any less than that, you should not have laser vision correction surgery and should steer clear of any LASIK surgeon who offers to perform the procedure if you have a cornea that is too thin.
In addition, if you have keratoconus (an abnormal shape of the cornea causing more astigmatism in the lower part of the cornea), LASIK is contraindicated but you may be a suitable candidate for PRK. Keratoconus also causes your cornea to thin and gradually bulges outward into a cone shape. Keratoconus is a progressive condition but it often can be treated with a procedure such as corneal cross-lining which can stabilize the cornea and reduce the risk of progression.
If you have keratoconus or any other eye condition that might impact the outcome of any vision correction surgery procedure, whether it be LASIK, PRK or kamra inlay surgery, Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ recommends you find and choose a LASIK surgeon with proven expertise, who can properly diagnosis and treat you in order to give you the best chance of a successful outcome in which you see more clearly and minimize the risks to you.
To be considered for LASIK or PRK, you should be healthy. The eyes are windows to your health- an experience eye doctor can diagnose conditions like diabetes when performing a comprehensive eye examination.
Diseases such as uncontrolled diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or any other autoimmune diseases may disqualify you from the procedure. If you are taking Accutane, oral Prednisone, or any medication that can compromise your immune response, you must inform your LASIK surgery, as these medications will greatly increase the time it takes your body to heal from laser vision correction surgery.
Again, if you have health issues, Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ strongly urges you to find a LASIK surgeon with proven experience to properly diagnose and treat you.
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If you are considering LASIK, PRK, or other vision correction surgery procedures, please consult our Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ Directory where you can find skilled and reliable surgeon in your area. Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ is here to help.
Once you find a surgeon closest to you, please contact them directly by calling them or filling out their contract form from their website from the links we provide.
Even if you do not find a highly qualified LASIK surgeon near you in our directory, please feel free to contact us at Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ and we will do our best to find an experienced vision laser vision correction surgeon you can trust and choose with confidence.
Most surgeons featured at our site are also perform Cataract Surgery and many perform other refractive procedures, like the Kamra Inlay, which can help with reading fine print (in books or on labels), lens implant (IOL) procedures, and Corneal Transplants.
All LASIK and cataract surgeons featured at Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ are screened to ensure you can find a surgeon who has proven expertise and one with professional accomplishments that have been recognized by their peers. To learn how we screen surgeons, please visit our discussion entitled “How are surgeons screened at Trusted LASIK Surgeons™”?
Most of the LASIK surgeons at featured in our Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ Directory are also expert cataract surgeons and many perform other refractive procedures, like the Kamra Inlay, which can help with reading problems, lens implant procedures, and corneal transplants. Whatever your vision needs, Trusted LASIK Surgeons™ is here to help you find the best vision correction experts you can find in the United States to help you achieve your best possible vision.
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