If you have worn contacts and/or glasses for decades, you know just how much of a bother this can be. You must keep up with your contact prescription every year and purchase contact solution monthly. Those with glasses must also update their prescription regularly. The upkeep of eye care often forces patients to consult with eye doctors about the possibility of lessening their dependence on contacts and glasses by undergoing laser vision correction. Before you make up your mind that this operation is right for you, here are four questions that you need to ask your eye care physician.
1. How does laser vision correction work?
As with any surgical procedure, you need to know how the operation will work. Most patients are looking to undergo such a measure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. A laser beam is used to reshape the surface of the eye. This step changes how light passes through the eyes and where light focuses on the retina.
2. Will I be free of contacts and glasses by undergoing this operation?
Many patients go into laser vision correction expecting to be rid of contacts and glasses for life. However, this is not always the case. This operation can significantly reduce or eliminate the need for contacts or glasses. LASIK doctors will often tell their patients that they may need glasses to drive at night or in poor conditions. If you are over the age of 45, you might also need reading glasses eventually, regardless of whether you undergo the operation or not.
3. Is it safe?
Some patients worry that the operation will make them blind or hurt their vision. However, such an operation is FDA approved. It is important to consult with your physician about your vision and the potential positive and negative outcomes beforehand.
4. How do I find out if I am a good candidate?
You might wonder if laser vision correction is even an option for your sight problems. Most physicians will conduct a consultation to determine if the patient is a good candidate for a procedure like LASIK surgery. The physician will do a screening to determine if the operation is even possible. Once this has been conducted, you will normally meet with the actual surgeon(s) who would conduct the procedure for the final green light. There are also other factors that determine whether you are the right person for laser vision correction. Generally, you need to be at least 21 years old, in good overall health and possess strong eye health, in addition.
Laser vision correction has its positives and negatives, its restrictions and requirements. If you are considering undergoing this type of procedure, you need to be completely comfortable with the situation and have no unanswered questions.