Am I a Candidate for LASIK?

Anyone who must wear prescription glasses or contact lenses to see clearly has probably wondered about LASIK. Because it is an elective procedure, LASIK is a personal choice; one that should be thoroughly considered. Like all medical procedures, LASIK has its limitations, risks and benefits. LASIK is approved to treat common vision prescriptions including:

Myopia: People with myopia, or nearsightedness, have more difficulty seeing objects at a distance as opposed to objects close by. LASIK treats myopia by flattening the central corneal surface, enabling light to focus on the retina.

Hyperopia: People with hyperopia, or farsightedness, have more difficulty seeing objects nearby as clearly as objects in the distance. LASIK treats hyperopia by reshaping the outer edge of the cornea, causing the center to steepen and increase its focusing power.

Astigmatism: Caused by an oval-shaped eye, people with astigmatism see distorted objects whether it is close up or far away. LASIK treats astigmatism by eliminating the irregularities in the cornea to sharpen its focusing ability.

Knowing that you are a good candidate is an essential part of an overall positive experience with LASIK. There are several important steps to take to help ensure that LASIK is the right option for you and a thorough evaluation with a highly qualified surgeon is essential to making an informed decision: Learn more about becoming a good candidate

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