Laser eye surgery is growing more popular because of its favorable outcomes. Before you can get this corrective surgery, you need to meet certain patient criteria before getting it. Consulting your eye doctor or optometrist can help you determine if this is an ideal option for you.
Here’s what you need to know before getting laser eye surgery.
How Is Laser Eye Surgery Done?
During the surgery, your surgeon will apply numbing drops to your eyes before making an incision in the cornea and lifting a thin flap. A laser would reshape the corneal tissue underneath and your surgeon replaces the flap.
What Is Its Success Rate?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology says 90 percent of people who underwent LASIK get vision between 20/20 and 20/40. It would help to discuss your expectations with your eye doctor to ensure they are realistic.
Are You a Good Candidate?
For someone to qualify for laser eye surgery, they must have healthy eyes. If you have conditions such as conjunctivitis, infection, eye injury, or severe dry eye, you must heal from it first. Your cornea must be thick enough to make you a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. If your cornea is extremely thin or has an irregular surface, laser eye surgery can cause vision impairment. Also, your pupils should not be too large as it increases the likelihood of side effects like glares, halos, and starbursts at night.
You Can’t Get It If You Have a Very High Prescription
Your eye doctor may not recommend this procedure if you have a very high prescription for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. The result of this surgery is not easy to predict and poses more risk on people with a very high prescription.