LASIK is the number one elective laser vision correction surgery performed in the United States. This innovative treatment works by altering the shape of the clear, domed lens covering the front part of the eye. Changing the shape enables light to be refracted correctly, improving your vision.
Before you can under LASIK, you will first need to attend a consultation appointment. It’s at this appointment that our surgical team will carry out an evaluation of your eyes to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
Here’s what you need to know about what to expect from your LASIK evaluation and consultation.
LASIK can be used to correct all types of refractive eye error – nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism. However, the extent of your refractive eye error will need to be taken into consideration when determining your suitability as a candidate for treatment. If your prescription is too high, LASIK might not be right for you.
Our LASIK team will also want to perform a thorough assessment of the health and condition of your cornea. This is the part of the eye that will be reshaped during your LASIK procedure, correcting the way that light is refracted. This will be done using an imaging test called corneal topography, in which a detailed picture of your cornea will be taken. If you have any corneal abnormalities, such as your cornea is too thin, LASIK may not be the safest laser vision correction technique for you.
Many people are surprised when their surgeon performs this test, but it is crucial for a good outcome from your procedure. Dry eye is a very common condition that occurs when the eyes don’t make enough quality tear film. Since dry eye is a potential side effect of LASIK, our team will want to make sure that you don’t have any existing dry eye problems that require treatment before your LASIK procedure.
A close inspection of your eyelids will be performed too. This is done to detect a condition called blepharitis, which is characterized by inflammation and other issues relating to the eyelids. Any signs of blepharitis could increase your risk of experiencing LASIK complications.
LASIK is a big step, particularly if you have been reliant on glasses or contact lenses for a long time. The success statistics relating to LASIK are excellent, with estimates suggesting that around 92% of patients achieve 20/40 vision or better. Nevertheless, your LASIK surgeon will still want to feel that you understand the small degree of risk involved in the surgery and that you have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure. Getting LASIK can make many day-to-day activities much easier, but it’s not necessarily going to completely transform your life – only you can do that.
If our team finds that you aren’t a good candidate for LASIK, don’t worry – you may have other options. There are several different types of laser vision correction surgery, from PRK which is a technique that preceded LASIK, to the latest SMILE procedure. Our team will be very happy to advise you if there is an alternative laser vision correction technique to suit your individual needs.
If you would like to find out more about LASIK or schedule your evaluation and consultation appointment, please get in touch with our experienced vision teams in Dry Ridge, KY, or Ft. Mitchell, KY by calling us today.