Questions to Ask Yourself before Deciding to get Lasik Eye Surgery

Many of us who have complications with our vision wear glasses or contacts in order to correct it and be able to see clearly. You have also probably heard of other options which are done through eye surgery in order to correct vision and remove or at least reduce the need for glasses or contacts. One of these options is called lasik eye surgery. This type of eye surgery makes use of a laser which is aimed at the patient’s cornea to be able to reshape it through the process of ablation.

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However, it is important to note that not everyone with faulty vision may go through lasik eye surgery or any other refractive surgery for the matter. Before you can decide to get lasik eye surgery, you must first assess whether you are a good enough candidate for it. In order for you to do so, you will need to ask yourself a set of questions to determine whether lasik eye surgery really is for you. Here are the questions which you will need to ask yourself.

1.) Am I in the appropriate age to get lasik eye surgery? – There aren’t really rules that need to be followed when it comes to age appropriateness for lasik eye surgery. However, people who are under the age of 18 are usually not stable enough to go through lasik eye surgery. With the case of senior patients, there is a chance that they may start to develop other eye complications like cataracts which can be a hindrance to going through surgery. You may want to go through an eye exam to be sure.

2.) Do I have any complications in my health that can hinder the healing? – It is important to understand that are certain autoimmune diseases which can have a negative effects on the healing of the eyes after surgery. If you are someone who has rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or other autoimmune diseases then you may want to reconsider.

3.) Am I suffering from keratoconus? – Keratoconus is a type of disease that affects the cornea which reduces its strength. People who suffer from this have an abnormal curve on their corneas. If you discover that you have keratoconus during testing, then you may want to look for other treatment options.

4.) Do I participate in any physically strenuous activities? – Rest is a very important component in the healing after going through lasik eye surgery. Any activities that put a lot of strain on the body especially on the eyes are to be avoided in order to make sure that the eyes heal properly. If you participate in activities like contact sports, martial arts, etc. then you may want to take a break from it before you decide to go through lasik eye surgery.

5.) Does my job allow me to go through lasik eye surgery? – Although there aren’t many companies or organizations that do not allow their employees to go through lasik eye surgery, you may want to ask your employee about the matter just to be sure.