LASIK eye surgery can make you less dependent on your glasses or contact lenses and allow you to have sharper unaided vision, but some people are better candidates for the procedure than others. If you’re curious if you will make a good LASIK candidate, there are some considerations that should weigh into your decision. Of course, the best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK eye surgery is to schedule a consultation at our office in Wichita. This way, Dr. Patel can assess your condition and make a determination regarding the best possible treatment for you.
Your Corneal Thickness
Dr. Patel will be able to tell you if your corneas are thick enough for LASIK, as this is something you cannot see or measure for yourself. If you have been told you are a “borderline” case, the decision of whether to pursue LASIK eye surgery may be left up to you. Understand that thinner corneas can lead to more risks. If you have thicker corneas, there is a better chance of a favorable outcome.
Your Job or Career
LASIK eye surgery affects your corneas in a purposeful way to make your vision better. If you work in a dirty, dusty environment or you are exposed to potentially dangerous blows to the head, such as being a boxing instructor, LASIK eye surgery may not be the best option for you. Talk to Dr. Patel about your career if you have any concerns, as there may be safety goggles or other precautions you can take after surgery to ensure a successful outcome.
Even after LASIK eye surgery, you may not be able to get rid of your glasses or contact lenses entirely. LASIK can make huge improvements in your visual acuity, but it’s not magical for everyone. Some patients will still need vision correction after surgery, just with a less-strong prescription.
Learn More About Your Options
Deciding to undergo LASIK eye surgery is a deeply personal decision with many facets. If you’d like to discuss your concerns or you’d like to know if you’d be a good candidate, schedule a consultation at Wichita Vision Institute. We’d be happy to examine your eyes and give you a professional recommendation. This procedure may be just what you’ve been looking for to enjoy an improved quality of life.