Is LASIK Surgery Right for You?
You've probably heard about LASIK or laser eye surgery. If you did, you know that LASIK surgery means no need of glasses or lenses to correct your eye's refractive error. You might be thinking that LASIK eye surgery is the best solution to get rid of the hassle of managing glasses or lenses. But you must ask yourself, "Is LASIK right for you?"
You can visit your nearest optical clinic to find the answer. But the best way to determine whether you are eligible for LASIK and whether LASIK is right for you is to ask the following questions.
Are Your Eyes Healthy?
LASIK surgery is ideal for individuals who have healthy eyes that are free from any eye problems. In most cases, LASIK is ideal for people who have a moderate degree of refractive error and no unusual vision problems. LASIK won't be the right option for you if you experience the following complications and vision problems:
- Herpes simplex
- Herpes zoster
- Dry eyes
- Large pupils
- Severe nearsightedness
Are You Healthy?
Apart from eye problems, several other health conditions can be the deciding factors too. Certain medical conditions, unrelated to your eyes, can increase the risks associated with LASIK surgery or make the outcome less predictable. Some of these conditions include:
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
If you don't suffer from any of these or other autoimmune or psychological problems, LASIK can be an ideal solution for your vision errors.
How Old Are You?
There isn't any doubt that age has a direct impact on the eligibility of LASIK. The vision may continue to deteriorate throughout the teenage years, requiring periodic changes in the prescription of the glasses or contact lenses. Therefore, LASIK is FDA-approved for people aged 18 and older. Around age 40, the symptoms of presbyopia start showing up. As we already know, LASIK isn't a good option for people experiencing presbyopia. As a result, LASIK isn't recommended to people above the age of 40-45 years.
Is Your Vision Stable?
Certain conditions and medications such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, steroid drugs, etc. may cause temporary fluctuations in your vision. Wait until your vision has stabilized before considering LASIK eye surgery.
Can You Afford LASIK?
The cost of LASIK surgery may differ from clinic to clinic and depends on the level of expertise of the surgeon. Visit your optical clinic and find out the cost of the surgery. But one thing you must know is that the surgery is expensive in most cases. Also, most insurance plans consider laser eye surgery to be an elective procedure and don't cover the cost.
If you are one of those people who doesn't know much about LASIK eye surgery, visit our optical clinic and talk to our eye doctors. Our LASIK specialists will tell you everything about the treatment, its benefits, possible side effects, and everything about laser eye surgery.