LASIK Surgery: Is It Right for You?

LASIK Surgery: Is It Right for You?

Although eyewear is the most common means of correcting refractive errors in your vision, it’s not your only option. Lasik eye surgery can also improve your visual acuity, making you less dependent on glasses or contacts for good sight. LASIK surgery, however, isn’t for everyone. By scheduling an eye checkup with Dr. Lawrence S. Forgacs at Eye Care Associates in Midtown Manhattan, you can see if LASIK is right for you.

What Makes You a Good Candidate for LASIK?

Various factors affect the effectiveness of LASIK eye surgery and the healing process. The general guidelines for being a good candidate for LASIK are as follows:

Healthy Eyes – Your Midtown Manhattan optometrist will check your eye health to confirm you don’t have eye disorders or diseases that will affect the outcome of your surgery. Eye issues like dry eye, keratoconus, cataracts, or glaucoma disqualify you from being a good candidate for LASIK, as the surgery can further complicate your condition.

Good General Health – You also need to be in good general health to qualify for LASIK. Long term health problems like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis can hinder you from getting optimal results from your surgery or make it more difficult for you to heal.

Stable Eye Prescription – LASIK candidates are also required to have a stable prescription for at least a year before having Lasik eye surgery. For this reason, patients must be 18 or older, as vision can fluctuate in your adolescent or younger years. Pregnant and breast-feeding women may also experience fluctuations in their vision.


Another factor to consider is affordability. Many insurance plans don’t cover LASIK procedures. Before considering LASIK, make sure you have the financial resources to cover this surgery.

Talk to Your Midtown Manhattan Optometrist about LASIK Eye Surgery

To learn more about LASIK or to see if you qualify for LASIK surgery, contact Dr. Lawrence S. Forgacs, your Midtown Manhattan eye doctor, at 212-583-9000 today.

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