When it comes to vision correction, there are more options than ever before. Many people turn to eyeglasses or contact lenses to sharpen their vision. But glasses and contacts may not be a great solution for everyone.
Many years ago, doctors began looking at ways to reshape the eye’s cornea to correct vision. This led to the use of lasers and the procedure now known as LASIK.
Some patients are hesitant when they think about lasers reshaping their cornea. Others want LASIK but aren’t sure it’s right for them. Here are a few things to know when it comes to getting LASIK.
LASIK is an acronym. It stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for use in 1998, and millions of people have had LASIK since. Although they didn’t originally use lasers, scientists began to think about reshaping the cornea as far back as 1948. In the 1980s, scientists patented lasers for surgical use.
Several factors influence a patient’s long-term success with LASIK. Patients with mild to moderate nearsightedness generally have the most success. The results last longer in adult patients, as the eyes can continue to change during puberty. When the patient’s eyes are healthy, there is less risk of complications. It is also important for the patient to have a healthy immune system.
Patients should consider some conditions when thinking about LASIK surgery. Some temporary conditions can impact a person’s vision, such as pregnancy or taking steroid medication. Doctors will discuss any conditions that can affect the patient’s vision and may advise that he or she wait.
There are some situations when LASIK is not the best choice or may not produce the best results. Some people have multiple vision issues. Others have severe farsightedness or nearsightedness. For these people, LASIK may produce limited improvement.
Some illnesses make LASIK risky. LASIK can make diseases of the eye like keratoconus or glaucoma, or old eye injuries worse. People with Dry Eye Disease may find their symptoms worsened with this procedure. People with larger than normal pupils are also not good candidates.
People who have good vision or only need corrective lenses part of the time may want to skip LASIK. The risks are low but not nonexistent. LASIK is also not always covered by insurance and can be expensive out of pocket.
Vision professionals who specialize in LASIK surgery can do a thorough evaluation of a patient. After the comprehensive exam, he or she can discuss all the available options with the patient to determine whether LASIK is a good option. For many people, LASIK has greatly improved their vision long-term.
The eye care professionals at Coastal Vision have the knowledge and expertise you need to make the right decision for your eyes and your future. Coastal Vision has locations in Irvine, Long Beach, Orange, and Norco, California, for your convenience. Call (888) 501-4496 today to make an appointment at the location nearest you and find out if LASIK can improve your outlook on life.