Am I a Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery in Michigan? By William Goldstein on April 15, 2013

Am I a Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery in Michigan?

Am I a candidate for LASIK eye surgery in Michigan? There is no upper age limit for the LASIK procedure. While the candidate is required to be at least 18 years of age, there is no limit to how old he or she can be. The only criterion is good eye health. There are cases where even 80 year olds have gotten LASIK eye surgery to get rid of glasses or contact lenses. It is one of the most popular surgeries used to correct farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism.


Visit your ophthalmologist


The first thing you are required to do is visit your eye doctor to check your candidacy for the procedure. The ophthalmologist would examine your eye and look for any underlying disease conditions that could pose a risk to your vision after surgery. It is said that about 80% of all people who wish to undergo this surgery are good candidates for it. The 20% who are turned away are often given other options like flapless LASIK or photorefractive keratectomy. These procedures are very effective in correcting astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends photorefractive keratectomy for people who have very thin corneas or have had eye surgeries in the past. People who participate in high-contact sports such as boxing are also recommended photorefractive keratectomy as there is no risk of dislodgement of corneal flap with it.


The efficacy of LASIK treatment


People who wear progressive lenses, over-the-counter lenses, bifocals or trifocals can hope to be free of them after LASIK procedure. Most of the time, candidates are recommended blended monovision, which lets them have good near and distant vision without glasses for almost all activities.


LASIK eye treatments require very small recovery periods and see a high rate of success. Some people do see a gradual deterioration in vision over a long period of time but only to a small extent. They may require additional surgery to set the vision right. The most important thing is to visit your LASIK eye surgeon in Michigan on a regular basis after the surgery and follow all the recommendations carefully.


People who are not candidates for LASIK need not be disappointed as photorefractive keratectomy is also considered equally effective with the only drawback being longer recovery period. With all the advancement in eye health today, if you want to get rid of glasses, there is always a way through which you can achieve that.


Preparing for the surgery

If you use gas-permeable contact lenses, discontinue their use at least 3 weeks prior to your initial evaluation. If you wear other types of contact lenses, discontinue them at least 3 days before. Do not forget to get your eyeglasses along so that the doctor can review your prescription.

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William S. Goldstein, MD, has been practicing laser eye surgery since 1991. He was one of the first doctors to offer advanced eye care in all of Michigan and is a member of several prestigious organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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