3 Signs You Could Be A Good LASIK Candidate | Westlake Eye Specialists

3 Signs You Could Be A Good LASIK Candidate

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Are you tired of having to wear glasses or contacts all the time? Are you ready for a permanent alternative?

LASIK may be the exact solution you’re looking for. Keep reading to learn more about the life-changing vision correction procedure LASIK.

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a permanent vision correction procedure that can reduce or end your need for glasses or contacts. It corrects the common refractive errors nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Most LASIK patients never need glasses or contacts again after the procedure. That’s why it has a 96% satisfaction rate among patients.

During the procedure, your eye doctor reshapes the surface of your cornea with a special laser. Correcting the shape of your cornea is what corrects your eyesight.

LASIK recovery time is quick. Within a month, most patients can do everything they did before LASIK, including playing sports.

Your vision could be better than it ever has been within a few hours after your procedure. Most people’s eyesight is functioning optimally within a few days of undergoing LASIK.

If you want to get rid of your glasses or contacts and you meet the following criteria, LASIK could be for you. 

Your Corneas Are Thick Enough

Your corneas must be thick enough to sustain the reshaping process to undergo LASIK. If your corneas are too thin, it can actually be dangerous for you to undergo LASIK. If this is the case for you, there are LASIK alternatives that your eye doctor can tell you about.

They will measure the thickness of your corneas during your LASIK consultation. If your corneas are too thin, you may experience vision problems like keratoconus.

Keratoconus is a condition where your eye bulges outward. Other serious complications are possible as well if your corneas are too thin.

You’re In Good Health

You should be in good physical health and eye health to get LASIK. You’ll need to have a stable eye prescription for at least a year before having the procedure.

For this reason, most surgeons will not perform LASIK unless you are in your mid to late twenties. Until that point, your eyes are still growing and changing. If your eyes change after LASIK, it can ruin the outcome of your procedure.

You also cannot have an eye infection or eye disease like keratoconus or glaucoma to get LASIK. These can increase your risk for complications after the procedure and may damage your eyesight.

You should also be in good physical health before undergoing LASIK too. Having a systemic health problem or autoimmune disorder may affect your body’s ability to heal after the procedure. 

You Are Not Pregnant Or Nursing

Hormonal fluctuations affect your vision, which is why you cannot be pregnant or nursing when you get LASIK. You should wait at least six months after giving birth and weaning babies to undergo LASIK. That gives your hormones time to return to normal.

It’s also recommended you wait for a couple of months after the procedure before getting pregnant. Doing so gives your eyes time to heal completely before your hormones change again.

Do you meet the above criteria? Does the visual freedom that LASIK provides sound good to you? Schedule an appointment at Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin, TX, today!