Monday, February 20, 2012

LASIK with Prism in Eyeglasses

Question: I have a question about having LASIK if I have prism in my glasses. When I get tested by my optometrist, he states I need some prism in my glasses. However, I wear contact lenses, and if I wear them daily for 5 days or so, I am very comfortable, and don't see double at all. I am MUCH more comfortable when I wear my contacts, as opposed to my glasses. If I wear my glasses (with prism) for 5 days or so, then put on contacts, I see double for a few days, until my brain or muscles compensate. Am I a candidate for LASIK? Will lasik replicate my experience with my contacts?

Answer: LASIK can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism so that it is possible to decrease your dependence or eliminate the need for glasses to see clearly at distance. If you have a muscle imbalance and require prism correction in your eyeglasses, this cannot be achieved by LASIK Surgery. However, if you are able to achieve "image fusion" with contact lenses which also do not have a prism correction then you could very well be a good candidate for LASIK. It would be worthwhile for you to find a top LASIK Surgeon and scheduling a consultation to see if you meet the other important eye health, vision and anatomical criteria for successful LASIK.

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