Considering LASIK Surgery? What You Need To Know

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LASIK is a type of laser vision correction surgery that provides 20/20 vision without glasses in 98 to 99% of cases. You may be considering this procedure to gain freedom from glasses or contacts if you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. 

As a surgical procedure, the decision to undergo LASIK shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here’s what you should know about the procedure before taking the leap:

Make Sure You’re a Candidate.

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for LASIK surgery. These factors can help determine if LASIK is right for you:

  • Candidates should have a stable prescription that isn’t changing much over the last 2 years.
  • Patients can’t be pregnant, nursing, or plan to become pregnant within six months of the procedure. Patients who are nursing should wait for at least three months after stopping nursing to undergo LASIK. 
  • Dry eye disease should be well treated before surgery. We have many options.
  • Diabetic patients should have their diabetes under control and shouldn’t have diabetic retinopathy. 
  • You should not have keratoconus or other progressive corneal conditions.

Manage Your Expectations. 

LASIK surgery offers several benefits, including a speedy recovery, a comfortable postoperative course, a predictable outcome, and an extensive history of safety. You’ll have excellent distance vision without having to worry about glasses or contacts, and you can play sports or swim with ease. 

However, it’s important to understand that when you get older, you may still need glasses as your vision naturally changes. So, make sure to talk to your doctor about what to expect from LASIK in the long term. 

Choose An Experienced Eye Surgeon.

Carefully selecting your surgeon is crucial to minimizing the risks associated with LASIK surgery. With an experienced, trusted surgeon, you can reap the benefits of LASIK without worry. 

Dr. Ahad Mahootchi at The Eye Clinic of Florida has over 23 years of experience performing LASIK surgery in Tampa Bay, with thousands of happy patients. Reach out to us today to book your consultation!