Monday, March 21, 2011

LASIK Surgery & Glasses

Question: I was diagnosed with nearsightedness about 15 years ago and got glasses but never wore them. I went to an eye doctor again about 8 years ago and again got glasses but never wore them. Do I need to have worn some kind of corrective lenses before I consider LASIK surgery?

Answer: First, the fact that you keep getting eyeglasses and not wearing them suggests that perhaps your vision is not that poor and your nearsightedness is only of a limited degree. If this is the case and you don't need to wear glasses that often-and can even pass a drivers test without eyeglasses-LASIK Eye Surgery may not be worth the risk/benefit ratio for you. But, if you have some specific personal motivation for not wanting to wear glasses that is occupation or recreation related then this is a different matter. Having realistic expectations and a goal for what you want to achieve is key in choosing to have LASIK rather than wearing glasses or contacts. Next, it will be important to confirm that your eyes, especially your corneas, are healthy and free of diseases or conditions that would limit your success with LASIK. Then, a thorough and careful refraction of your eyes will be necessary. Typically this is done and then compared to a previous prescription so that it can be determined that your prescription is stable. Your LASIK Surgeon will only be able to compare your current prescription for stability against the glasses you received 8 years ago. If it is approximately the same as a current prescription you will be fine. If not the eye surgeon may elect to have you wait to determine whether the prescription is changing. Last, it is important that your vision be pretty much fully correctable to 20/20 with glasses before having LASIK. If, for some reason not wearing glasses has left your vision uncorrectable to a 20/25 or 20/30 level it may also limit your suitability as a LASIK candidate. So, it is not necessarily the case that you have to be wearing a full time optical correction to have LASIK, but there are things you need to have explored and answered by a LASIK Surgeon. Your best bet is to consult a top LASIK Surgeon for a consultation.

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