Questions you should ask your doctor about LASIK

Smiling blond woman wearing a striped shirtIf you are considering LASIK, it’s important that you come to your consultation with a list of questions so that you can feel completely prepared and comfortable with what you and your doctor decide. Here are FAQs you should add to your list of questions to discuss with your doctor.

Am I a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

In general, good candidates for surgery should be at least 18 years old. Your vision changes into early adulthood, so it’s important to hold off on surgery until it’s right for you. It’s also important that your eye prescription hasn’t changed in the last 1-2 years. 

Do I have a refractive error that can be treated with LASIK?  

If you have an unstable or changing refractive error or certain degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and certain types of astigmatism that are outside of the approved FDA range, then you may not be a candidate for surgery. Severe refractive error reduces the chance of LASIK success. 

Are my eyes healthy enough for LASIK?

Your overall eye health must be good, and your corneas need to be thick enough and healthy in order to have LASIK. If you have severe dry eye, extreme myopia, astigmatism or hyperopia, corneal abrasions, advanced glaucoma, cataracts or other eye conditions, you may not be a good candidate for laser vision correction. Your overall health will determine your candidacy for surgery. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, are pregnant or nursing, you are not a candidate for surgery. 

What results can I expect? 

It’s important that your doctor tell you about your best-case and worst-case scenarios for outcomes. If LASIK results don’t meet your expectations and goals, you may have to have retreatment. Some people still have to wear glasses after laser vision correction as surgery alone doesn’t eliminate the need for them. 

What does recovery look like?

Your doctor will share with you what you will need to do at home and at work to protect your eyes as you recover. 

If you are interested in learning whether LASIK surgery is right for you, schedule and appointment at our Everest office by calling (425) 259-2020.

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