Using minimally invasive technology, laser eye surgery offers an effective solution for patients suffering from less-than-perfect vision. Despite being a low-risk procedure with high success rates, not all patients are eligible. Advanced Laser and Cataract Center is committed to safety and optimal outcomes, and uses strict criteria to determine whether laser eye surgery is right for you. To learn more about candidacy, contact our Oklahoma City, OK-area practice and schedule an evaluation.
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What Can Laser Eye Surgery Treat?
Advances in modern medicine have made it possible for surgeons to reshape the cornea and correct refractive errors with laser eye procedures such as LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). Laser eye surgery can correct conditions such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is one of the most common refractive errors. This condition occurs when the eye is either too long, the cornea and lens are too curved, or a combination of the two. In both cases, light rays entering the eye focus in the front of the retina, rather than on the surface. As a result, patients with myopia can see close objects clearly, but objects at a distance appear blurry.
When you can see clearly at a distance, but are unable to focus on close objects, this is known as hyperopia, or farsightedness. With this condition, the light that enters your eye does not focus correctly, either because the eye is too short or the cornea has too little curvature.
Astigmatism, caused by an irregularly shaped cornea or curvature of the lens, is a common refractive error that can occur in combination with either nearsightedness or farsightedness. The irregular shape of the eye prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.
Is Laser Eye Surgery Right for You?
In addition to having a desire to improve your vision and live a life with less dependence on glasses or contacts, you must meet additional criteria to be a candidate for laser eye surgery. Patients should be at least 18 years old, in good overall health, and aware of the risks and potential side effects of the procedure. Other considerations include:
Patients will need to be free of any eye disease, infection, inflammation, or corneal abnormality, such as scarring. If you wear contact lenses, you will need to stop wearing them prior to your procedure.
During your evaluation, a laser eye surgery specialist will review other eye-related issues with you, such as pupil size, prescription strength, retinal health, and eye pressure, that could affect your candidacy for the procedure.
Although many patients are laser eye surgery candidates, a proper evaluation is an essential step in every case. To find out whether you are a good candidate, contact us today and schedule an evaluation.