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"What are my chances for eliminating my need for contact lenses/glasses with LASIK?"
Overall, 70% of patients will have perfect 20/20 vision without the aid of glasses, and 90% of patients will see 20/40 without glasses or contact lenses after having the treatment. The outcomes are far more positive for patients with low amounts of nearsightedness.
"Can anyone have LASIK?"
No. It is not for everyone. There are certain conditions under which LASIK is not recommended These conditions can be detected when you have your preoperative examination and Corneal Map done. There are rare individuals who have some eye disease or other condition which could worsen with LASIK. The most common contraindication to LASIK is a misunderstanding of what the procedure can and cannot do for you. It can usually correct near (myopia) or far (hyperopia) sightedness as well as astigmatism. It cannot however make 20 year old eyes out of 50 year old eyes - i.e. correct presbyopia (the need for reading glasses).
"How does LASIK work and are there needles involved?"
Vision is corrected by reshaping the inner corneal bed of the eye. This is done by removing a very thin layer of tissue from the front surface of the eye called the cornea - placing the lens power of your glasses on the cornea. Persons being treated remain remarkably comfortable though the entire procedure, requiring only a few anesthetic drops in the eye to ensure a virtually pain-free procedure that takes only minutes. No needles are used and with current technology there is very little discomfort after the procedure. A more detailed explanation (complete with pictures).
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"Which procedure is better for me - LASIK or PRK"
Although the 3 months results are virtually the same, the majority of doctors consider LASIK the preferred procedure. This is because there is more rapid visual rehabilitation, less discomfort, and less variability in the patient's healing response. Some patients with higher amounts of nearsightedness and thinner corneas will not be candidates for LASIK, (see LASIK Envelope) but may still be candidates for PRK. These options should be discussed with you during your initial preoperative examination. However, the final decision is based on the results of your eye exam.
"How do I choose a doctor and a facility"
When considering laser eye surgery one of the important factors is the doctor performing the procedure. Carefully check the credentials of the doctor to see if he/she are board certified with the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Also ask questions:
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