Want LASIK Eye Surgery? How An Eye Surgeon Determines If You Are A Good Candidate

5 September 2017
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If you would like to have LASIK eye surgery, the surgeon will put your through a few tests and ask you many questions to determine if you are a good candidate. Below is information about what they will do, as well as information about the surgery if you are approved for it.

Reasons You Would Not Be a Good Candidate

In some cases, people are not able to get LASIK eye surgery because they are at a great risk for complications. For example, if someone is under 18 years of age, the eye surgeon will ask them to wait until they are a few yeas above this age. This is because their eyesight is not stable enough at this age. Once they become older, their eyesight will stabilize so the surgeon can determine if they can have this surgery.

If someone is pregnant or nursing a baby, they will not be able to have LASIK eye surgery. This is because hormones cause the eyesight to fluctuate and cause changes in their eyes. Also, if the person is planning to become pregnant soon they would not be qualified.

The eye surgeon also measures the pupil size. This is because the pupils have to be a certain size for the surgery to be successful. For example, large pupils can cause problems with the results after the surgery. Some of the side effects include double vision, halos, and glare.

The surgeon will measure how thick the corneas are as they have to be a certain thickness to make the surgery successful. If there is corneal scarring on the eyes, this will likely disqualify a person from having this type of surgery. The surgeon can do a test to determine if there is corneal scarring. Other problems, such as glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes, ocular herpes, and retinal detachment, would disqualify someone from this surgery.

The Procedure of LASIK Eye Surgery

If you do not have any of the above problems, you are more likely to qualify for this type of surgery. During the surgery, the eye surgeon first creates a hinged cornea flap using a special tool called microkeratome. Once they are finished, the surgeon will pull back the flap to expose the corneal tissue. The surgeon then reshapes the cornea in a certain pattern. What pattern is chosen is different for each patient.

After the surgery, the eye surgeon will take you to a room and have you sit in a reclining chair for a certain amount of time. Your eyes may feel itchy, burn, or irritated. Your eyes will also water excessively and you will have blurry vision. The surgeon will tell you to never rub your eyes for a certain amount of time as doing this will cause the corneal flap to shift or dislocate.

The surgeon will write you a prescription for pain medication as you will likely feel pain in your eyes for a few days after surgery.

Contact a clinic like Morris Eyecare to find out more about your LASIK candidacy.