Are you a Candidate for LASIK? 5 Guidelines You Should Know

If you need glasses or contacts to see well, it is likely you have imagined what life would be like to be able to see without them. You have probably thought about LASIK and wondered if you could be a good candidate for the laser vision correction procedure. It is an important question, because LASIK is an elective procedure, not a medical necessity. Patients have the option of glasses or contact lenses, which have their own associated risks. The individual patient has to weigh the inherent risks and benefits to decide how to handle their vision correction needs and if a laser vision correction procedure is right for them. An important deciding factor in choosing laser vision correction is the surgeon’s recommendation, which is based on whether or not a patient is a good candidate, because not everyone who wants a procedure should have it. In fact, on average between 15 and 20 percent of patients are considered ineligible for a procedure like LASIK. While every patient is unique, the following are general guidelines surgeons use in determining if a patient is a candidate for LASIK eye surgery:
Prescriptions within FDA-approved treatment parameters

up to +6.00 diopters of hyperopia,
up to 6 diopters of cylinder/astigmatism
up to -12.00 diopters of nearsightedness

Ocular maturity, prescription stability and eye health

LASIK is FDA-approved for people aged 18 and older who have achieved ocular maturity.
A stable prescription, meaning your prescription hasn’t changed for at least two consecutive years.
It is important for eyes to be generally healthy, free of diseases, injuries and infections.

General health
Certain health issues and medications may interfere with the healing process, making laser vision correction a poor choice. It is important patients share their complete health history […]

Custom LASIK

Custom LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure which uses the latest technology to measure the unique visual characteristics of your eye to customize your treatment. Custom  LASIK in Medford provides an additional level of precision over what traditional LASIK offers and provides you with the best possible quality vision.

The WaveLight® Laser relies on PerfectPulse ­Technology® to accurately control the energy level and exact placement of every laser pulse as it reaches the eye. The high-speed active eye-tracker tracks the eye 200 times per second, following even the fastest eye movements during treatment. If the eye moves out of range, the procedure pauses until the eye returns to a treatment position

Custom LASIK is preferred by many since the WaveLight® Laser is very precise and the outcome is an individualized vision correction, which is very different from traditional LASIK surgery or standard prescription glasses. Aside from being very unique and individualized, here are the other benefits of custom LASIK:

Helps to improve visual acuity (how much a person can see) and contrast sensitivity (how well a person can see fine details)
Less risk of post-LASIK issues such as halos and glare
Has been found to have fewer risks of night vision issues after surgery
Addresses both aberrations or visual distortions of both lower and higher order
Can treat even those who have lost best-corrected vision from prior surgeries such as LASIK, RK and PRK

As with traditional LASIK, a thorough vision exam and consultation is required to determine if a patient is qualified to undergo custom LASIK. If you are eligible for the procedure, Dr. Oliva or Dr. Welling will ensure that you receive the best treatment possible. If you are interested in having custom LASIK vision correction […]