Most likely, yes! About 98 percent of people with glasses or contacts qualify for LASIK eye surgery. LASIK can correct most cases of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, in any combination.
LASIK surgery requirements:
- You must be at least 21 years old.
- You must be in good general health.
- You must have a stable vision prescription (no big changes in the past year).
Alternatives to LASIK
If you are among the few who do not qualify for LASIK surgery, you do have other options:
- Refractive Lensectomy
- Eyeglasses and Contacts
During ASA, the surgeon uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea, changing its ability to focus light on the retina. This is the same laser used in LASIK surgery. But unlike LASIK, ASA does not require the initial step of creating a corneal flap. Instead, the surgeon painlessly removes the eye’s surface layer in order to access the cornea. The surgery takes less than one minute per eye. A protective contact lens must be worn for several days following the procedure to allow for complete healing, and vision typically recovers within one to four weeks.
With 70 years of combined surgical experience, our doctors use the most advanced technology to correct your vision while ensuring your complete comfort.
While LASIK and ASA correct vision by reshaping the cornea, refractive lensectomy corrects vision by replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant. This surgery uses the same successful techniques of modern cataract surgery and is ideal for patients who have severe near- or farsightedness. People who have refractive lensectomy will never need to have cataract surgery.
Eyeglasses and Contacts
These options can be expensive and require a lifetime of care. Contacts are particularly time-consuming and there are risks of infection if they are not cleaned properly. Both eyeglasses and contacts can complicate and interfere with activities such as driving, swimming and other sports.