Am I a Candidate for LASIK?
Contact lenses and eyeglasses have been the go-to methods of vision correction for decades. The fact that millions of people wear one or the other type of corrective lens demonstrates a high degree of efficiency. That doesn’t necessarily translate into a high degree of satisfaction. People who wear eyeglasses may complain that their prescription works just fine when they want to read a book or label but not so well when trying to read their computer screen. Contact wearers may struggle with the fact that they have to be ultra-organized to ensure they don’t run out of lenses should one get lost or damaged. These don’t sound like significant issues, but they do cause many people to consider LASIK.
We are more than happy to help. Our team performs LASIK surgery routinely and enjoys seeing the way that this streamlined procedure can improve a patient’s quality of life. Our objective in treating patients in our Pasadena, TX eye clinic is to ensure they feel confident about the decision they make to have LASIK or any other procedure. To support this, we provide necessary information such as:
- You don’t have to be a certain age to have LASIK. Adults of all ages can benefit from this procedure. Currently, though, LASIK is not indicated for teens younger than 18 because studies suggest that vision can still undergo relatively dramatic change up until that time. Past the age of 18, vision tends to change very little in between eye exams.
- Your prescription does need to be stable, but this may not be what you think. Some people believe that they are not a good candidate for LASIK if their prescription has changed since their last eye exam. This isn’t true. What we want to observe is the degree of change. If vision has dramatically declined over the course of a year, we want to know why before we recommend any corrective treatment.
- If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, your doctor will want to postpone LASIK. This is because the shape of the cornea may be destabilized by hormone changes during pregnancy and even through breastfeeding.
We are big fans of the LASIK procedure and so are many of our patients! If your time in eyeglasses or contact lenses is coming to an end, contact our office. Together, we can discover if LASIK holds value for your eyes or if there is another procedure that may be better suited to your needs.