Medical professionals differ in their interpretation of the facts as presented on youreyesite.com. This article is for informational purposes only. Be sure to check with your physician in order to determine their opinion on the risks, rewards, potential outcomes and options available to you while you determine whether laser eye surgery or laser vision correction is right for you.
Am I A Candidate for Laser Eye Surgery?
The most important factor in determining candidacy for refractive surgical procedures is your acceptance of risks and knowledge of realistic expectations for outcomes concerning your procedure.
The second most important factor determining your candidacy for a refractive surgical procedure is the stability of your prescription. Why second? Almost everyone has one refractive surgical option or another. If you can accept the risks and know what to expect, you most likely can find a refractive surgical procedure that will meet your prescriptive needs. Whether your vision changes regularly or not, your vision is likely to change in the years following the procedure. If your vision changes regularly, you are more likely to notice a change in your vision after a vision correction procedure than someone who’s vision does not change regularly. Refractive procedures correct most of your refractive error very effectively; they do not fix nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism forever. While enhancement is an option for most laser surgery patients who change down the road, the amount of times an enhancement procedure can be attempted is limited. Every time a procedure is enhanced, the cornea gets thinner and if too thin, enhancement could lead to problems discussed later in the site. Another important factor is determining which refractive procedure is best for you. The prescriptions and physical characteristics of your eye determine the best procedure, and you need the advice of a doctor to decide which procedure is right for you. Refractive surgical correction procedures include Laser procedures (PRK, LASIK), Intrastromal Corneal Ring Segments (Intacs Corneal Rings), clear lens extraction, intra-ocular lens implantation, Radial Keratotomy, Astigmatic Keratotomy and in the future, Gel Injection Adjusted Keratoplasty.
Contraindications for LASIK surgery include Keratoconus, a corneal condition that involves thining of the cornea, rheumatoid conditions including some of autoimmune conditions, recurrent uveitis, glaucoma or patients who have irregular corneas or corneal epithelium.
How long before laser eye surgery should i stay out of contact lenses
While many doctors differ in their procedure as when to discontinue contact lenses before Laser refractive surgery, a recommended conservative schedule is as follows:
Soft spherical lenses: 2 weeks
Soft Astigmatism or Extended wear lenses: Up to 3 weeks
Rigid Gas Permeable or Hard lenses: 3-4 weeks per decade of wear; may be transitioned to soft contacts during this process