Factors such as your age, your health, your lifestyle and the anatomy of your eyes will determine whether refractive surgery is right for you.
Am I a Candidate?
You may be wondering if you fit the criteria necessary to have refractive surgery performed. The great news is with all the advances in technology 94% of the people wearing corrective lenses are now candidates for refractive surgery. To determine if you are a candidate and to also determine which procedure is the best for you, the following steps will take place:
First, you will have a complete eye exam. If nothing in your eye exam prevents you from having refractive surgery and you are still interested in having the procedure done, then an appointment will be made for you to have a Laser Vision Correction Consult. During your consult, additional specific tests will be performed. For example, you will have corneal topography performed in order to analyze the surface of your cornea. Pachymetry is also performed in order to determine the thickness of your cornea. These additional tests are simple and painless. Factors such your age, your refractive error, your health, your lifestyle, and the anatomy of your eye(s) will determine which type of refractive surgery is best for you. You may be a candidate for different types of refractive surgery or you may not be candidate at all. His recommendation will be given to you. The ultimate decision with regards to which surgery you will have is made by you with his guidance.
Unfortunately, people with certain diseases are poor candidates for any type of Laser Vision Correction. Also, there are certain medical conditions that might influence the type of procedure that is best for you. Thus it is necessary to evaluate your overall health in order to determine if you are indeed a candidate and which refractive surgery is best for you. Dr. Baharozian will discuss all this with you.
How does age determine your candidacy?
Because our eyes change as we age, the type of refractive surgery we are best suited for may also change. Patients over 40 will start to notice they are becoming presbyopic. Presbyopia is a near-focusing problem that affects people starting around the age of 40. Often people begin using reading glasses at this point in their lives. Dr. Baharozian can discuss with you the option of monovision. In this procedure, Lasik is used to correct one eye for near vision and one eye for distance vision. Not all patients can adapt to this. If you are interested in this procedure, Dr. Baharozian will recommend you try monovision with contact lenses first.
Discussing your lifestyle with Dr. Baharozian is important. Are you a golfer or a seamstress? Do you spend most of your working hours on the computer? How you spend your time will also be a factor in determining which refractive surgery is best for you.
- Refractive surgery is not recommended for anyone under the age of 21
- Refractive surgery is not recommended if you are pregnant
- Refractive surgery is not recommended if you have severe autoimmune disease