LASIK has become a household word that is recognized almost universally and over 30 million people have undergone LASIK surgery since the FDA approved the procedure in 1999. Over 700,000 American every year choose to correct their vision and transform their lives using this procedure. But how does LASIK Work? What might a patient expect when they decide to proceed with LASIK? The first step in the process is the LASIK Consultation with a Refractive Surgeon. Here’s what to expect.
If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, you may be a good candidate for laser vision correction. The first step is to seek out a consultation for LASIK with an Ophthalmologist that specializes in Laser Vision Correction Surgery. There are many out there so be sure to read the reviews and choose wisely. Selecting a LASIK surgeon based on price alone should be discouraged.
Everyone’s eyes are different, and so the goal of the LASIK Consultation is to determine the best option for each patient and create a customized treatment plan. The consultation is much more than a standard eye exam and involves a couple of critical steps.
General Health and Eye Health Assessment:
Is LASIK Right for You? The eye doctor will perform a health assessment to ensure that the following criteria are met. Good LASIK Qualifications include:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be in good general health
- Have no health issues affecting the eyes
- Have no active eye conditions that may affect healing
- Have a stable vision prescription for at least one year
- If you are pregnant or nursing, you should not consider LASIK at this time because your refractive error may fluctuate.