I love a good tongue twister. Here’s one for you: say laser assisted in situ keratomileusis three times fast! Actually, to start, try saying it one time slowly. The phrase is a bit unwieldy, so nowadays it’s most commonly known as LASIK. What is it, exactly? Well, we delved more into the topic on an earlier blog post, but a brief summary is that a laser is used to reshape the cornea. There are other laser eye surgeries (you can read more about laser eye surgery) that operate a bit differently than LASIK, but the principles we’re going to lay out here should apply to most of them: who, exactly, is a good candidate for laser eye surgery?
People With Healthy Eyes
There’s a common misconception from people with refractive errors that their eyes are bad. In truth, a refractive error isn’t really a health problem, so to speak; it needs to be corrected, but it doesn’t mean your eyes are damaged. People with other ocular problems are not, however, necessarily good candidates for laser eye surgery. Chronic dry eye, people with eye injuries, and people with eye infections are not good candidates for the surgery, as it can aggravate problems.
People With Stable Vision
You want to wait until your prescription is stable before you get laser eye surgery. The reason is simple; if your vision is still changing, and you have the treatment done, the surgery probably won’t be very effective, because your eyes will continue to change post-surgery, and you might end up with more refractive errors. That’s one of the reasons why young people aren’t good candidates for laser eye surgery; by the age of 18, most people’s eyes stop changing. That said, yours might continue to change, so get your eyes checked to make sure everything is stable.
People With Few Health Conditions
There’s a number of health conditions that might affect your body’s ability to recuperate from laser eye surgery. Anything from HIV to diabetes to rheumatoid arthritis can hurt the prospects of success for laser eye surgery. You should also avoid laser eye surgery if you’re pregnant. That’s because your hormones can temporarily change the shape of your cornea, so the readings you get won’t be accurate. Wait until your hormones are back within normal levels, and you’ll be good to go!
Here at Eyes in the Village, we want to provide you with all the knowledge and resources you need before you make any decisions about your eye care. Haven’t seen us before? Don’t worry about it! Come for a walk in eye exam, and we’ll make sure your eyes are in good condition, that your prescription hasn’t changed in awhile, and that there’s no medical contraindications you’re aware of that would stop you from getting laser eye surgery. We’ll give you practical tips on post-surgery eye care, and help you decide if it’s right for you. We look forward to meeting you!