Questions and Answers
A large percentage of nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatic patients are potential candidates for LASIK. Patients who are 21 years of age or older, have healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars, and any eye disease are suitable. Along with being medically suitable, the best candidates are people with a lifestyle or occupation in which they are dissatisfied with their contact lenses or glasses. When you have a comprehensive eye examination, the doctor will be able to determine if you are a good candidate.
Generally, patients under 40 years of age read well without glasses following the treatment. Patients over 40 may need magnification for reading fine print. Presbyopia is the term that refers to the natural weakening of the focusing muscles that occurs in our early to mid 40s, causing us to need the magnification that reading glasses provide. The LASIK treatment does not correct or prevent presbyopia. We also will be glad to discuss another option called monovision.
Monovision is a situation where one eye (usually the dominant eye) is corrected for distance, and the other eye is corrected for reading. This is often done with the use of contact lenses. This allows people with presbyopia, to have vision at distance and at near. Those who use Monovision prior to Laser Vision Correction, have their eyes corrected in the same manner, so they will continue to have both distance and near vision. For those who are over 40 and interested in monovision, we recommend a trial fit with contact lenses. This gives you different options in the choice of vision you find Comfortable, and also fits your personal needs.
You should not drive the day of treatment. After that, you may drive when you feel confident that your visual acuity and eye comfort allow you to drive safely. Most patients can see well enough to drive themselves to their first appointment the next day. However, you should have a back up driver available in case your vision is still blurry.
The goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependence on glasses and/or contact lenses, but LASIK patients still may benefit from reading glasses or distance glasses when they desire perfect near or distance vision. A small percentage of patients wear a thin pair of prescription glasses for night driving.
The best treatment for you depends on the measurements we take from the Aberrometer and your other clinical measurements and vision complaints. This will indicate the presence and severity of aberrations, or distortions, which will necessitate a Custom Laser Eye Surgery treatment. You may have specific complaints that are related to the optical aberrations that are not corrected by your current glasses or contact lenses. Finally, Custom Laser Eye Surgery is usually indicated for anyone who has had previous corneal surgery.
Why should I have Custom LASIK Eye Surgery when conventional LASIK Eye Surgery worked fine for my friends?
Conventional LASIK Eye Surgery has provided excellent results for literally millions of people. However, if you are a patient who has unusual aberrations not readily corrected by conventional LASIK Eye Surgery, customized laser eye surgery is the best choice for you. The best thing to do is to come in for a Complimentary Consultation and together, the LASIK surgeon and you, can determine which treatment option is necessary and best suited for your individual needs.
Conventional Laser Eye Surgery treats the vast majority of common optical aberrations called “lower order” aberrations. These are responsible for causing nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Custom LASIK Eye Surgery provides a more precise treatment for patients who have “higher order” aberrations, which we can now measure with the Aberrometer. For these patients, customized laser eye surgery may provide a better quality of vision by measuring and addressing all of these aberrations as part of the treatment plan
Custom LASIK represents the addition of advanced technology to conventional Lasik Eye Surgery and may provide a better quality of vision. Our practice has incorporated the advanced measurement technology, the Aberrometer measurement system, and the Custom LASIK Laser Eye Surgery software necessary to provide these treatments. This advanced technology adds a modest cost but may deliver the best vision quality.
Many companies have implemented healthcare options that make elective surgeries such as LASIK an affordable alternative. These insurance programs are referred to as Flex Plans, cafeteria plans or alternative health plans. These plans designate a limited amount of pre tax dollars to pay for the employees predetermined elective surgery. Generally the employee must decide which surgery they are planning to have and declare this to their employer. You can contact your human resource office to find out when your company’s enrollment period begins.
To learn more about LASIK and see if you’re a candidate for this procedure call (818) 762-0647 for a FREE Consultation.