LASIK surgery is a type of refractive surgery that can correct vision problems. It is a popular procedure, but it is not suitable for everyone. There are a few things to consider before deciding to have LASIK surgery at Eye Care Associates in Optometry in Midtown Manhattan. Let’s look at the risks and benefits of the surgery, as well as your health and lifestyle.
What is LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK eye surgery uses lasers to reshape the cornea and correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. During the procedure, a flap in the cornea is created, which allows the eye doctor to reshape the front surface of the eye more precisely.
The Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK eye surgery can provide long-term benefits such as improved vision and a better quality of life. It also may reduce your risk of developing corneal ulcers and increase the long-term stability of the corrected cornea.
The Risks of LASIK Eye Surgery
Like any surgery, LASIK eye surgery has some risks. Possible risks include:
- Infection and wound problems after the procedure
- Reaction to the anesthesia
- Corneal rejection
Most people experience some side effects immediately following surgery, which clear up within a month. However, a small percentage of patients find their side effects to last longer, but rarely become permanent.
How to Know If LASIK Eye Surgery Is Right for You
Good candidates for LASIK typically hit the following marks:
- You must be 18 years old or older.
- You must have physically healthy eyes.
- You must not have had an eye prescription change in the last year.
- Certain conditions disqualify LASIK. These include:
- Uncontrolled RA, Crohn's disease, or diabetes
Additionally, you cannot get LASIK eye surgery if you are pregnant or nursing.
Talk To Our Midtown Manhattan Eye Doctor
Dr. Forgacs is an optometrist in Midtown Manhattan who specializes in pre-op and post-op eye care. If you are considering LASIK and would like to learn more about our eye care services, call our team at Eye Care Associates in Optometry today at (212) 583-9000 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.