How to Decide If LASIK® Is Right for You

LASIK® (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) surgery can transform your vision, freeing you from needing eyeglasses or corrective lenses. However, LASIK treatment isn't right for everyone. This type of refractive eye surgery delivers good results for patients with certain types of eye problems, but can't correct other kinds of deficiencies. And while it typically corrects your vision to 20/25 or better, your results will depend on your unique vision issues. 

At Paragon Eye Associates, our experienced care team (Todd Ford, MD; Michael Blair, MD; James Baker, OD; Ann Fontenot, OD; Mark Welding, OD) can advise you on your LASIK prognosis, and help you decide if LASIK is right for you.

What you can expect from LASIK

Your results with LASIK will mostly depend on the type of eye problems you have going in to the procedure. If you have mild nearsightedness, LASIK should be able to clear up your issues without any problem. If you have more intense nearsightedness or farsightedness, especially if you have astigmatism, it can be harder to predict your results, and the surgery may not be effective in fully restoring your vision.

Are you a good candidate for LASIK?

The FDA-approved range of prescription for LASIK is:

The FDA doesn't recommend LASIK treatment for very young people, as your eyes continue to mature through your young adulthood. In order to be ready for LASIK, you should also have a stable prescription that's been the same for at least two years in a row. Your eyes will need to be in good health, without problems like cataracts, dry eye, infection, or glaucoma, before you get started with LASIK treatment.

Other factors in your health history can have an impact on your LASIK readiness, as well. If you have certain health issues, like autoimmune or degenerative diseases, or if you rely on some medications, LASIK might not be the best option for you. If you're considering LASIK, Paragon Eye Associates begins by taking your complete medical history to ensure that the procedure won't negatively impact your health.

After your LASIK treatment

LASIK surgeries don't typically result in serious complications, and most patients who choose to undergo the procedure report satisfaction with their results. Still, it’s important to manage your expectations. Most patients eventually need to use glasses again after a few years, if only for reading or driving at night. Depending on your vision problems, LASIK may only offer partial improvement. Talk to our care team at Paragon Eye Associates about what you can expect after treatment before you commit to LASIK surgery.

Ultimately, it’s up to you

Once you've gotten all the information on your LASIK prospects from our knowledgeable care team, it’s ultimately up to you to weigh the benefits and risks of the surgery for your unique case. No matter what you decide, Paragon Eye Associates, formerly known as Ford Eye Center, is here to support you in all of your vision correction needs. To make an appointment at our Arlington or Mansfield, Texas locations, call us today.

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