Is LASIK Right for Me?

Hudson Valley LASIK Candidates, Pomona

Mar 20, 2013 @ 09:00 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Eye Care |

Hudson Valley LASIK CandidatesAlmost everyone who is forced to wear glasses or contact lenses has imagined what it would be like to be free of that burden. With LASIK surgery, that image could easily become a reality. In as little as 15 minutes, the LASIK procedure can make the necessary changes to leave patients with clearer vision. For most patients, this results in complete freedom from glasses or contact lenses. At Dr. Richard Gordon’s Hudson Valley laser vision center, we help patients obtain this freedom on almost a daily basis. So if all of this sounds appealing, you are probably asking yourself, “Am I a candidate for LASIK?” A consultation with Dr. Gordon is the best way to answer that question, but the general guidelines that make for good LASIK candidates can be found below.

LASIK is a surgical procedure that has helped millions reduce or eliminate the use of corrective lenses. Through this procedure Dr. Gordon can make changes to the curvature of the cornea to address vision impairment such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Generally, patients who meet the following criteria will be good candidates for LASIK:

  • Patients should be at least 18 years of age and should have a stable vision prescription, that is, one that has not worsened within the past year.
  • The eyes should be in generally good health and free of any infection or diseases.
  • The cornea should be adequately thick to withstand any necessary adjustments.
  • The patient should live a lifestyle that does not involve high contact sports, such as boxing or martial arts, which could lead to LASIK flap dislocation.
  • The patient should be willing to accept the chance of risk or complication and have realistic expectations for the results of surgery.

Just as these are characteristics of a good candidate for LASIK surgery, there are conditions that may exclude a patient as a LASIK candidate. For our patients in Hudson Valley, LASIK should not be performed on those who are pregnant or nursing, those who suffer from certain autoimmune disorders, those with uncontrolled diabetes, patients with larger pupils (generally larger than 8.5mm in the dark), and those who suffer from persistent dry eyes should consider alternative treatments.

Alternate Treatment

While it can be disappointing to learn that LASIK is not a good option for some patients, the good news is that there may be an alternate treatment that is more appropriate. Many of Dr. Gordon’s patients who are not good candidates for LASIK are able to undergo photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK. PRK is a procedure that offers laser vision correction without the creation of a corneal flap. This makes laser vision correction a possibility for many patients who have been excluded as LASIK candidates.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have considered LASIK and are ready to find out if you are a good candidate and can benefit from this procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Gordon. Dr. Gordon will examine the eyes and take the necessary measurements to determine if you are a good LASIK candidate. If it turns out that LASIK is not right for you, Dr. Gordon is happy to discuss alternate treatments to improve your vision.