Lasik is a laser surgical procedure that can correct refractive errors. This procedure makes it possible to correct your vision without the use of glasses or contacts. Before you can have Lasik performed, you would need to see our eye doctor at Urias Eyecare in Midland for a Lasik consultation. There are several things that your optometrist will do during your consultation.
Time and Preparation
When scheduling your Lasik consultation, you should understand that it is a lengthy eye exam appointment. On average, the consultation will take two to three hours. You should bring a list of the medications and supplements that you are currently taking. Your optometrist will need to know the name of the medication, the dosage, and how often you take it. It is a good idea to find a ride to your consultation. Our optometrist will dilate your eyes, which can make driving difficult.
Checking Your Prescription
Our optometrist is going to need to check your prescription. To be a good candidate for Lasik, your prescription needs to fit within the recommended parameters. If you are farsighted, your prescription cannot be any higher than +5.00 and if you are nearsighted, your prescription cannot be any higher than -11.00. If you have astigmatism, your prescription cannot be any higher than 5.00. If your prescription doesn't fit within the recommended parameters, you probably won't have good results for vision repair with Lasik.
Checking Your Eye Health
During your consultation, our Midland eye doctor will perform a dilated eye exam. Certain diseases of the eye would make you a poor candidate for Lasik. These include:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Dry eye syndrome
If these issues are detected during the consultation, you wouldn't be able to have the surgery performed, but you will be able to begin treatment for the eye condition. Since these conditions can cause vision loss, early treatment is essential.
During your consultation, our eye doctor will need to discuss your medical history. There are certain medical conditions that would make you a poor candidate for Lasik. These include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Autoimmune disease
Our Midland eye doctor will also need to know what medications you are taking because certain medications can hinder the healing process after the procedure.
Explaining the Procedure
If our eye doctor determines that you are a good candidate for Lasik, they will help you understand the procedure. There are instructions that you will need to follow before and after the procedure and our eye doctor will discuss them with you. They will also explain what happens during the procedure and the results that you can expect. Before leaving the office, you will have all the information that you need for Lasik.
Are you tired of relying on glasses or contact lenses to see correctly? If so, contact Urias Eyecare in Midland at (432) 368-4102 for a Lasik consultation. If you are a good candidate for the procedure, we can book your appointment. Soon, glasses and contacts will be a thing of the past.