How To Talk To Your Doctor About Getting LASIK

LASIK surgery, also called laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a popular treatment that can correct moderate vision problems. Specifically, it can help people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism (via Health). "This is done by making a flap in the top layer of the cornea and reshaping the middle layers with a laser," optometrist Neil Satija, OD, from Green Eye Care in Harlem, New York, told Health. "The flap is then placed back and the patient can see clearly––sometimes as soon as immediately."

If you are interested in LASIK surgery, you should ask your eye doctor yourself about it. They probably won't bring it up on their own as it is an elective surgery. It's a good idea to discuss the risks and benefits of this procedure with your regular eye doctor. They will have the best knowledge of your eye health, health conditions, and vision problems. Your optometrist should also be aware of LASIK eye surgeons in the area and can help you find a reputable doctor.

It is important to know the risks of LASIK

This surgery can be tantalizing to people who struggle with their vision, but it isn't for everyone. You are generally not eligible for LASIK if you are under 18, pregnant or nursing, or taking certain medications (via WebMD). While LASIK corrects some vision problems, your eyes should be in good health before the surgery. This means that you may be ineligible for LASIK if you have had recent changes to your vision prescription, have thin or uneven corneas, or have eye conditions like glaucoma or dry eyes. You should also be free of other health issues like diabetes, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis.

Although there are some doctors who believe LASIK is too dangerous, most experts agree that it is well-studied and a good option for people looking to break up with contacts or glasses. "It is surgery, so there are risks and benefits, just like any other surgery," Stephen Slade, MD, an ophthalmologist at Slade & Baker Vision, told Health. "After 20 years, 20 million procedures, and more than 7,000 clinical studies, we know that LASIK is a terrific vision correction option."