Definition of Lasik Vision Correction
Is LASIK Right for You?
LASIK isn’t right for everyone. Over the past 20 years as a technician, I’ve found there is a certain type of patient that should avoid LASIK surgery, and that is the perfectionist. Typically, these people are meticulous in nature, such as engineers or biochemists.
Artists are also less likely to be happy with the results of their procedure. These are people who need their vision to be absolutely perfect, and there is no guarantee that LASIK or any other refractive procedure can provide perfect clarity, which makes them poor candidates for the procedure.
If you are a perfectionist by nature, you may want to think twice about LASIK or refractive surgery in general. On the other hand, if the ability to see at distance without glasses is more important than having crystal clear vision, you’re the perfect candidate.
Your prescription is also a determining factor. A patient with very little prescription really doesn’t need refractive surgery. However, someone who is legally blind without glasses would definitely benefit from these procedures.
Patients who are extremely nearsighted may not be able to have LASIK because their corneas may be too thin. Although with the advent of IntraLASIK, those with thinner corneas now have a better chance of having a successful procedure.
Your ophthalmologist will be able to tell you how likely you will be to achieve the outcome you desire based on the results of your pre-op testing. It’s important to talk to your ophthalmologist in depth to determine if LASIK or any other refractive procedure is right for you.