Dallas, TX (PressExposure) December 10, 2009 -- Lasik Surgery
LASIK: Abbreviation corresponding to laser- assisted in situ keratomileusis, a form of laser eye surgical procedure designed to modify the form of the cornea to annihilate or reduce the necessitate of glasses and contacts in cases of severe nearsightedness (myopia).
Dr. Boothe about Good candidates for LASIK - The Best Candidates for LASIK are 18 years of age or older; - No eye infection or injury within the past year. - Have No Active Eye Conditions Which May Affect Healing - Candidates must understand the risks of LASIK surgery and have realistic expectations regarding the results that can be achieved. - Desire to have clear natural vision - Be in Good General Health - Your prescription for distance vision needs to match a certain minimal strength and that perscription strength (glasses or contacts) must meet FDA- approved guidelines for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. - Pupils must be of appropriate size.
Not good candidates - LASIK candidates should not be pregnant or nursing at the time of surgery because hormones may cause fluctuation in refractive error. - Have scarring of the cornea. - Have unstable or uncontrolled diabetes - Are being treated with medications such as steroids or immunosuppressants, which can prevent healing, or are suffering from diseases that slow healing, such as autoim- mune disorders. - If you have a prescription for glasses that is quite strong, have a prescription that changes often, or you have a need to wear your glasses only some times, you may not qualify. - Amblyopia (wandering eye) - Patients should not take medications that exacerbate complications
Dr. William Boothe: Lasik facts * You should not expect perfect vision following lasik. Many lasik advertisements are misleading to people considering laser vision correction, often promising an end to wearing glasses or contact lenses. * Preexisting medical conditions can affect your vision and the safety and efficacy of LASIK and other vision correction surgery. * Diabetes - Having diabetes does not mean that you cannot have LASIK or other vision correction surgery. * Having dry eye syndrome is usually a disqualifier for lasik.