LASIK - Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis - is the most common refractive eye surgery today.
Often referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, LASIK is used to treat myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. LASIK surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist that uses a laser or small blades to reshape your cornea. Once done, this result is clear, sharp vision close up and far away.
For most patients, LASIK provides a permanent alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Patients must be at least 18 years of age.
Candidates must be in good physical health, and should not have specific health problems, such as uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular diseases.
LASIK patients should have no eye diseases, such as keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease as well as retinal and optic nerve diseases.
Aandidates should let their eye doctor know about ocular problems, like amblyopia, strabismus, or any other conditions that may affect healing. Patients should be free of eye infections or injury.
The patients’ vision must be stable for at least one year prior to the procedure date. Because hormones may affect the stability of eye prescription, pregnant or nursing women are not eligible for LASIK surgery until three menstrual cycles have passed.
Due to the nature of the procedure, patients must have a minimum corneal thickness of 0.5 mm.
LASIK candidacy is determined on a case-by-case basis that takes into consideration one's eye prescription, medical history and other health factors.
Remember to get your routine eye exams post-LASIK. Even with perfect vision, you still need to have your eyes examined for glaucoma and other potential problems on a regular basis. Contact Brantford Optometry to learn more and to book your eye exam.
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