Determine if LASIK is right for you.
In most cases, LASIK can treat severe degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Candidates must have realistic expectations about their results. LASIK is not right for everyone. The goal of LASIK is to reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses. LASIK does not guarantee 20/20 vision, however most cases are certainly successful in improving ones visual acuity.
To be a potential candidate for LASIK you must meet the following:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Your eyes need to be healthy; no glaucoma, cataracts or corneal disease
- May not be nursing or pregnant
- Not continuously suffer from dry eyes
- Have any eye infections or injury
- Vision must be stable for at least 1 year prior to procedure date
*Corneal thickness will also play an important role in determining if you are a proper candidate for LASIK. Due to the nature of the procedure you must have a minimum corneal thickness of at least .5/.6mm. Only an in-depth examination of your eyes, your individual case, your expectations and your lifestyle by an experienced, licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist can determine if you are a candidate for LASIK.
Prior to your LASIK consultation and LASIK procedure, you must be contact lens free for a minimum of 14 days. Situations will vary. It will be determined by the TLC LASIK Surgeon on an individual bases. The reason for this is to ensure corneal stability prior to the LASIK procedure.
When considering any kind of laser vision correction refractive procedure to correct your vision, it is important to understand how the everyday use of your contact lenses can affect not only your LASIK consultation but also your LASIK procedure day.
While contact lenses are a fantastic alternative to glasses, continued long term wear can actually alter the original shape of your corneas. This can cause your LASIK consultation to be influenced by incorrect visual acuity results. Once you discontinue use of your contact lenses after a certain period of time (to be determined by your doctor) your corneas will go back to their original shape, this is when laser vision correction can be performed.
If your eyes are mapped for your LASIK procedure, and they have not returned to their natural shape, it can change your visual mapping results and therefore what is programmed into the laser, for your laser vision correction procedure, is not entirely reflective of your visual inaccuracies.
It is important to advise your optometrist about the length of time you have been using contact lenses and what type of contact lenses you are currently using. From there your doctor can give you a more accurate representation of how long you need to be out of them prior to beginning the LASIK process. This will help to ensure that your LASIK surgeon can get the most accurate picture of your visual correction needs. Please advise upon booking your consultation so your specific case be reviewed confirmed by your doctor.
This is a laser vision correction procedure that enables your LASIK surgeon to further customize the conventional LASIK procedure to your individual eyes. This customized LASIK procedure may result in patients seeing clearer and sharper than ever before. FDA studies show that Custom LASIK may produce better vision than possible with contact lenses or glasses.
Custom LASIK has been able to provide patients with:
- A greater chance of having 20/20 vision
- The potential for better vision than is possible with contacts or glasses
- Less incidence of glare and halos
With Custom LASIK, LASIK surgeons are able to focus on the quantity as well as the quality of your vision. Many patients who have had Custom LASIK are reporting the ability to see clearer than ever before. Custom LASIK uses a Wavefront Analyzer to measure the way light travels through your eye. The Wavefront Analyzer creates a customized 3-D map of your eye that looks at your entire optical system. This map provides information about the unique visual characteristics of your eye which adds an additional level of data about your vision, enabling your TLC LASIK surgeon to further customize your vision correction. This map that is created is then used to guide the laser during your LASIK laser vision correction procedure for optimal results.
Better Quality Vision
Clinical studies have shown that Custom LASIK may improve not only what you see but also how well you see it. In the past, all vision was measured using a standard vision chart. If you could see the letters, the eye doctor would use that measurement for how well you could see. Several types of visual imperfections, referred to as lower- and higher-order aberrations, exist within the eye and may affect your vision (the amount of these aberrations vary from person to person).
Previously, only lower-order aberrations (such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism) could be measured and treated. Higher-order aberrations may also have a significant impact on vision and have been linked to glare and halos.
Now Custom LASIK may help to further customize your treatment of these higher-order aberrations that, in the past, could not be adequately treated with glasses, contacts or conventional LASIK treatments.