If you require vision correction, your eye doctor at Laser Vision Delaware may suggest several treatment options, including eyeglasses and contact lenses. If you want permanent vision correction or do not wish to wear corrective lenses, you can get laser surgery.
If you decide to get the procedure, the eye surgeon will examine your eyes and overall health. It will help ensure that you are a good candidate for surgery. Some individuals are not good candidates for laser surgery. The following applies to people who are not suitable for laser vision correction.
If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, you will require a prescription to determine the lens’s power or strength. The prescription can change during successive visits to the optician, usually due to eyeball growth.
If your prescription continues to change, it is unstable. Getting laser surgery at this point may mean that the results will not last. The eye prescription should be stable to qualify for laser vision correction.
Laser vision correction involves reshaping the cornea, which helps improve the focus. Surgery reduces cornea thickness. Patients with a thin or irregular cornea may not be good candidates for laser vision correction.
Eye surgery can worsen cornea irregularity or cause the development of corneal ectasia. Laser eye surgery is unsuitable if scans indicate that you are at risk of developing ectasia. Your eye doctor can recommend an alternative treatment.
Pregnant or nursing women are not good candidates for laser vision correction. Fluctuating hormones and fluid retention can cause the woman’s vision prescription to change during and right after pregnancy.
Some women become more myopic or develop astigmatism during this period. Dry eyes can also cause discomfort and delay healing. The medication used to dilate the eyes during the procedure can harm the baby.
Dry eye syndrome patients are not good candidates for laser eye surgery. The condition increases the risk of post-surgical complications. It can delay healing and result in the worsening of dry eye symptoms.
Before the surgery, the doctor will examine your eyes to determine the dry eye severity. Doctors can prescribe special medications before surgery if the condition is not too severe. Treating the dry eye condition can help reduce the symptoms.
Patients on certain prescription drugs may not qualify for laser vision correction. Some prescription medications can interfere with healing and reduce the corrected vision. Some of them cause severe dry eye, increasing the risk of cornea scarring after surgery. You must inform the eye doctor about any prescription medication you are taking.
To be a good candidate for laser eye surgery, you must be in good overall health. Your health condition will affect how your body heals after the surgery. The surgery may not be ideal if you have an autoimmune disease that causes dry eye. Other conditions that can disqualify a patient are diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts, and glaucoma.
To be a good candidate for laser vision correction, you must be an adult over 18 years old. The vision can change dramatically as a child goes through adolescence. It would make the results of eye surgery unpredictable or temporary.
For more on who is unsuitable for laser vision correction, visit Laser Vision Delaware at our office in Wilmington, Delaware. Call 302-656-2020 today to schedule an appointment.