Determining Candidacy for LASIK

LASIKIn an election, two people come to the end. When you elect to correct vision concerns with LASIK, it is you and your doctor who stand together to institute change. The decision to get LASIK is yours, and it is up to your doctor to provide you with the necessary information, and the thorough evaluation, to determine your candidacy for this procedure. To do so, several factors are considered.

Your Vision

People with moderate astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness are typically good candidates for LASIK. However, this procedure may not be appropriate for more severe nearsightedness. Other conditions that may take you out of the running for LASIK include blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation, macular degeneration, a history of corneal ulcers, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or keratoconus (which thins the cornea).

Your Age

LASIK is typically performed on patients 18 and over. Older adults, due to the common theme of age-related issues such as presbyopia, may also be precluded from the procedure. In this instance, it is not necessarily age that stands in the way, but the presence of an age-related eye condition.

Visual Stability

As a general rule of thumb, LASIK is typically performed on a patient whose vision has been stable for at least 12 months. This means that your corrective-lens prescription has not changed in that time. If prescription changes occur frequently, it is possible that the results of LASIK will not last as long as intended.

A Word about Dry Eye

Many patients who undergo LASIK surgery experience temporary dry eye syndrome after their procedure. The irritation of dry eye syndrome can be managed with medication or lubricated eye drops. However, pre-existing dry eye could possibly inhibit the optimal result from LASIK.

Dr. Thom performs a thorough examination to determine the ultimate benefit that can come from LASIK surgery. It is important to understand that this procedure, while beneficial, does not guarantee you freedom from eyeglasses in the future. What most patients notice is that they rely on corrective lenses much less than they did before surgery.

With several thousand eye surgeries under his belt, Dr. Thom is an excellent resource for patient in the Fargo area seeking information about LASIK. Call (701) 235-5200 to schedule your visit.

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