Though LASIK has changed how millions of people view the world, it isn’t always right for everybody. To determine whether you are an ideal candidate for LASIK laser vision correction, make sure to do the following:
Consult with your eye doctor
With a quick series of tests and measurements, an eye surgeon can determine whether LASIK will work for you.
Make sure your prescription has been stable
If your prescription has changed within the past 18 months, your eyes may still be changing and could continue to change after the surgery. This could result in the need for follow-up procedures when it would be better, and less expensive, to simply wait.
Review your medical history
Discuss with your eye surgeon any health conditions and medications you may be taking. Certain conditions, such as dry eyes and thin corneas, can affect your surgical options and need to be discussed before surgery.
WaveLight® Excimer Lasers are prescription medical devices that are approved for use in performing laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) to correct certain kinds of nearsighted (myopia), farsighted (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Only doctors who have been trained in laser refractive surgery (including laser calibration and operation) should use an WaveLight® Excimer Laser.
You should not undergo LASIK surgery if you are pregnant or nursing; if you have a collagen vascular, autoimmune or immunodeficiency disease; if you show signs of keratoconus or any other condition that causes a thinning of your cornea; or if you are taking isotretinoin (Accutane*) or amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone*). The most common risks of LASIK vision correction surgery with refractive lasers include dry eye syndrome; the possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; visual symptoms including halos, glare, starbursts, and double vision; and loss of vision.
Talk to your doctor and review the appropriate WaveLight® Excimer Laser Patient Information Booklet for your condition to learn more about the potential risks and benefits for laser refractive surgery. For further information, please refer to the additional Important Product Information on this site, or FDA’s web page on LASIK surgery.
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