Is lasik suitable for me?!
The Excimer Laser is approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to correct
nearsightedness up to -12.00D with -4.00D of
farsightedness from +1.00 to +6.00
with or without astigmatism. (Diopter, symbol D, is the measurement of the refractive error.
A negative D value indicates nearsightedness and a positive D value indicates
You are fit for Laser vsion Correction if you are:
- You should be at least 18 years or older , since the vision of people younger than 18 usually
continues to change. An exception is the small child with one very nearsighted and one normal eye.
The use of LASIK to correct the very nearsighted eye may prevent amblyopia (lazy eye).
- You should not be taking certain prescription drugs, such as Accutane or oral prednisone.
- Your eyes must be healthy and your prescription stable. If you're myopic, you should postpone LASIK
until your refraction has stabilized, because myopia may continue to increase in some patients until
their mid to late 20s.
- You should be in good general health. LASIK may not be recommended for patients with
some patients with diabetes,
rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, glaucoma, herpes infections of the eye, or cataracts. You should discuss
this with Dr Khalil.
- It is better to wait if you are pregnant or nursing because these conditions might change the measured refraction
of the eye.
- Weigh the risks and benefits. If you're happy wearing
contacts or glasses, you may want to forego the surgery.
- Discuss with Dr Khalil as much as you might need. Understand your expectations from the surgery. Are they realistic?
- For patients with presbyopia, LASIK cannot correct so that one eye can see at BOTH distance and near.
However, LASIK can be used to correct one eye for distance and the other for near. If you can adjust to this correction,
it may eliminate or reduce your need for reading glasses. In some instances, surgery on only one eye is required.
If your doctor thinks you're a candidate, ask about the pros and cons.