Is Laser Eye Surgery Advisable for Everyone?

Over the last few years, Laser Eye Surgery has become the mainstream treatment for vision problems like nearsightedness, far sightedness and astigmatism. Even celebrities have undergone the eye procedure and a vast majority of the operations have passed off with no ill effects. Lasik which is the most popular type of Laser Eye Surgery has been performed since the 1990’s and the procedure has been greatly improved over the years. However, this does not mean that other types of Laser Eye Surgery are ineffective; Lasek or PRK are recommended by eye doctors for patients who are not possible candidates for Lasik.

How will you know if you are not a candidate for Lasik?

Some questions cannot be answered until the eye doctor has examined the eyes.  After the initial consultation, the eye doctor will inform you whether you are a candidate for laser eye correction otherwise, a different eye procedure will be recommended. Some people though cannot undergo Laser Eye Surgery due to the following conditions:

• Pregnancy – visions changes are not uncommon during pregnancy which makes it difficult for the eye doctors to determine the correct measurements. Some medications may not be suitable for pregnant and nursing women.

• Eye conditions – those with eye diseases and corneal conditions like chronic dry eyes or glaucoma are not permitted to undergo Laser Eye Surgery.

• Autoimmune diseases – people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or Type 1 diabetes are not good candidates for Laser Eye Surgery since their healing abilities might be compromised.

Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery

Many patients who have undergone Laser Eye Surgery are happy about the effects with the vast majority reporting that their eyes felt normal after the day of operation. Minimal Discomfort can be felt immediately after the eye procedure but this is alleviated by anti-bacterial eye drops that the eye doctor will prescribe. Many patients have also reported that they have experienced good vision immediately after the surgery but not all patients will enjoy this benefit particularly those with higher prescriptions. In most cases, people with very low prescriptions will immediately see improvements but those with higher prescriptions will have to wait for about 6 to 8 hours.