It’s that time again – time to get new glasses. Why do the best-looking frames and more desirable lens features (scratch resistance and UV protection are must-haves) cost so much? And, let’s be honest, having a piece of plastic stuck over your face and eyes, making indents on your nose and covering up your features just isn’t awesome. Neither is breaking, bending, crushing or losing your glasses.
So, it’s no wonder when “that time” comes around, people who rely on glasses for vision correction start thinking about their options … like LASIK. This vision correction surgery helps so many people successfully correct their vision, people naturally assume they know everything about it. As with any surgery, it is important to have a full understanding of the LASIK procedure. There have been a lot of LASIK innovations and improvements over the years.
Today, LASIK works to correct a variety of common vision problems for good candidates. Myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (irregular cornea) and presbyopia (“aging eyes”) can be treated with LASIK. However, many eyeglass wearers think they are not candidates for LASIK because they have high eyeglass prescriptions.
The best way to find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK is to have a thorough evaluation by a board-certified ophthalmologist. Whether your eyeglass prescription qualifies for LASIK is just one of several factors your ophthalmologist considers before recommending LASIK. These factors include: