Is iLasik for me?4/4/2018
If you are considering having Lasik surgery, it is important for you to have a clear understanding of the procedure. Like any other surgery, it has both advantages and risks. It’s also important to understand the difference between traditional Lasik and iLasik. To learn about the main differences, please see our article: Lasik vs. iLasik.
At Fite Eye Center, our doctors specialize in Lasik surgery. The first step, as a new patient, will be to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. iLasik corrects 3 different types of refractive errors: Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, and Astigmatism.
To be a qualified candidate for the iLasik procedure you should be 21 years of age with a stable prescription. Your eyes should also be healthy, without diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or severe dry eye. Lastly, a thorough examination by a qualified surgeon will measure all the key factors that will ultimately determine if you are a good candidate.
The second thing to consider is to have realistic expectations for the outcome. Corrective iLasik surgery can help people perform most of their daily activities without glasses. In 90% of the cases, patients achieve results of 20/20 to 20/40 vision. In a few cases, a second surgery, or “enhancement” is necessary to achieve the desired results. The results ultimately vary patient to patient, depending on the extent of the prescription that is being corrected.
The success rate of iLasik is high, over 95% of people are happy with their results. Like any other surgery, it’s important to also consider potential complications before you decide to have the procedure. Make sure you discuss any concerns you might have with your surgeon. Vision loss is extremely rare, and most iLasik complications can be treated. Side effects such as dry eyes and night glare will usually diminish within 3 to 6 months.
At Fite Eye center our doctors perform a thorough examination to help determine important factors that help to avoid common complications.
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