LASIK is a surgical procedure conducted on a delicate part of the eye called the cornea. As such, it is critical that potential candidates are well educated on the benefits and risks of the procedure. It is imperative to recognize the importance of a thorough examination by the surgeon and to maintain realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcome. Most patients who come to us for vision correction are excellent candidates for LASIK surgery. However, Dr. Kelly may decide that LASIK is not the vision correction option that will give you the best results.
In the event that we determine LASIK is not the procedure that best suits your needs, you will have the opportunity to consider a variety of other procedures such as:
After a close look at your eye history and current health, Dr. Kelly will be able to give you a fair estimate of the results you should achieve with vision correction. Read more about Dr. Kelly and his New York laser eye surgery practice
Our best candidates for LASIK surgery meet the following criteria:
- Patient should be 18 years of age or older.
- Patient must need a prescription of certain strength to see clearly in the distance and that strength must meet FDA-approved guidelines for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Patients also must be willing to accept the potential risks, complications and side effects.
- Patient should have relatively stable vision over at least the last 12 months.
- Patient should have a healthy cornea, retina, and eye pressure. The cornea must also have sufficient thickness.
- Patient should have no other major eye diseases.
- Patient should have no evidence of collagen vascular or autoimmune disease.
- Patient should not be pregnant or nursing.
- Patient should not have a recent history of herpes infection of the eye.
- Patient should have realistic expectations about the outcome of surgery. Lifestyles, occupations and hobbies all play a role.
- Patients should not be taking certain medications like Imitrex or Amiodarone.
- In patients wearing contact lenses, lenses should be discontinued at least 3 days prior to examination, depending on the type of contact lenses.
There are some people who are not candidates for LASIK surgery who might be a great fit for lens implant surgery.
Have you been told you are a non-candidate for LASIK surgery? There are a number of breakthrough technologies available including lens implants. Please call us at 1.877.377.EYES to set up your free vision consultation, or contact Kelly Laser Center in Manhattan and Long Island online for more information about lens implant options and other vision correction technologies available to you.