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Who is a Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery?

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Eric Saunders, M.D., Ophthalmologist, Refractive Surgery Center, Valley Medical Group Ophthalmology

If you struggle with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism, you probably wear glasses or contact lenses to help you to see. This can be frustrating, especially if you misplace your glasses or lose a contact lens. You’ve probably heard of LASIK eye surgery and may be wondering if the procedure is right for you. 
 
What is LASIK Eye Surgery?
 
LASIK, which is short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a type of refractive eye surgery that employs a laser to change the shape of the cornea. This greatly improves a patient’s vision and can mean freedom from glasses and contact lenses. 
 
Who is a Candidate for LASIK?
  • You must be at least 20-21 years of age
  • You must have good eye health and good overall physical health
  • You must have a stable prescription – one that has not changed in at least a year
  • Your prescription and ocular measurements must be within a specific range for you to be eligible for LASIK
Choosing a Surgeon
 
It is important to choose a surgeon who has undergone specialized training in refractive surgery and who is able to accurately assess whether or not you are a good candidate for the surgery. Proper patient selection is crucial for a successful outcome. The surgeon should also be committed to your care from your initial consultation through your post-operative care. 
 
I completed a year-long clinical fellowship in refractive surgery and I am involved in every step of the process. My goal is to partner with each of my patients to ensure that they receive individualized care and achieve excellent results. All of a patient’s pre-operative testing is completed in the office and I perform the exam, surgery, and post-operative assessments myself. In addition, my patients have access to state-of-the-art technology in both ophthalmic diagnostics and surgery.
 
Call 201-612-0044 for a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery. 
To learn more about ophthalmology at Valley, please click here.
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