The most satisfied LASIK patients are those who have researched the procedure well and know what results to expect. But if you are considering LASIK, the first thing you should find out is if the procedure is right for you. In this blog post, Metrolina Eye Associates, a premier vision practice serving patients in Charlotte and the surrounding area, offers some important questions to ask yourself when considering LASIK.
Is My Refractive Error Within the Approved Range?
LASIK can only treat certain degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and other refractive errors. Results with LASIK can be less predictable when treating extremely high vision prescriptions. If your vision prescription is too high, your LASIK surgeon may recommend another vision correction treatment.
Is My Vision Stable?
Teenagers, young adults, pregnant women and menopausal women often experience changes in their vision. For LASIK to be successful, vision must be stable for at least one year.
Do I Have Good Eye Health?
Certain eye conditions and diseases can increase the risk of certain complications during LASIK or affect your ability to heal afterwards. It is imperative that your eyes are healthy before undergoing LASIK. And because some eye conditions do not exhibit any early symptoms, you should get your eyes checked regularly by a board certified ophthalmologist. An eye doctor can detect problems in your eye health and vision early on and treat them promptly.
Am I Aware of the Risks and Possible Complications?
Although LASIK is generally a safe and successful procedure, it does come with some inherent risks and complications. Most side effects are minor and temporary but it is important to be aware of them and what to do in case you experience one. Being aware of all of the possible risks and complications beforehand is also useful when choosing your surgeon. When meeting with potential surgeons, be sure to ask them about how they handle complications.
Is My Surgeon Qualified to Perform LASIK?
Undoubtedly one of the most important decisions you will make in regards to LASIK is the surgeon that will perform the procedure. Not only should your surgeon possess the education and training necessary to perform LASIK, they should have years of experience and be knowledgeable of the latest surgical techniques and technology. When meeting with a surgeon, be sure to inquire about advanced training programs they have completed, the number of procedures they have performed and whether they use the latest laser systems and techniques in LASIK.
Why not make 2018 the year you finally achieve crisper and clearer vision? Contact Metrolina Eye Associates to learn about LASIK. Schedule a consultation with one of our trusted eye doctors by contacting Metrolina Eye Associates today.