If you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, laser vision correction can open up a whole new world of possibilities. By permanently changing the shape of your cornea, laser eye surgery improves visual clarity and provides freedom from glasses and contacts.
However, it is not right for everyone. You must meet a certain set of criteria to qualify for surgery. Undergoing surgery when you do not meet the criteria increases the risk of complications during or after surgery.
Take a moment to learn about the factors Dr Joshua Hann of Eastside Eye Care will consider when evaluating you for laser eye surgery.
Age and Stable Vision Prescription
First and foremost, it is important that your eyes have fully matured, which usually happens by the age of 18. Permanently altering the eyes with a laser before they are completely developed is risky, so Dr Hann does not perform laser eye surgery on individuals under the age of 18.
A stable vision prescription is just as crucial as ocular maturity. Dr Hann will verify that your prescription has not changed significantly in the six months to a year prior to laser eye surgery. Operating if your vision prescription is in flux can compromise the predictability or longevity of your results.
Good Eye and General Health
Laser eye surgery is only recommended if you are not experiencing ocular or medical problems. If you have an active eye infection or disease such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or significant dry eye, you are encouraged to delay or avoid laser eye surgery. (Other vision correction methods may be available.)
Medical conditions such as diabetes and autoimmune diseases that interfere with the ability to heal from surgery can also preclude you from qualifying for laser eye surgery. Be sure to divulge your complete medical history to Dr Hann during your initial consultation.
Not Pregnant or Nursing
If you are expecting or nursing, you should avoid or delay laser eye surgery until a few months after delivering and/or weaning your baby. Pregnancy and nursing changes your hormones, and those changes can affect your vision prescription, making laser eye surgery unpredictable. Also, the medications often prescribed for laser eye surgery (taken during and after surgery) may not be safe for a growing baby.
Contact Dr Joshua Hann Today
If you believe you meet the criteria for laser eye surgery, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr Hann. Or, if you are not a candidate for laser eye surgery, Dr Hann can discuss several alternative solutions with you. Call or email us today to request an appointment!