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Is LASIK a good choice for you?
LASIK eye surgery corrects vision by correcting the eye’s focusing problems. During the surgery, the surgeon cuts open the cornea and corrects focusing problems by reshaping the cornea with a laser. Successful surgery is dependent on an accurate evaluation of your vision prior to the surgery. The best LASIK surgeons in DC can only perform surgery after an extremely thorough eye exam.
LASIK eye surgery is the most helpful for people who suffer from moderate nearsightedness or myopia, meaning that they can see objects that are close up but objects further away are fuzzy; people who suffer from moderate farsightedness or hyperopia, meaning that objects close up are fuzzy but objects far away are clear; and people who suffer from a general lack of vision caused by astigmatism.
Can people with presbyopia benefit from LASIK?
Presbyopia is a middle-aged adult’s loss of ability to focus on nearby objects. By the mid-40s, many adults struggle to read small print or focus clearly on small objects. Presbyopia can continue to get worse, usually until age 65.
For adults with presbyopia, LASIK surgery in Washington DC can correct your nearsightedness but may worsen your ability to see things nearby. One possible LASIK solution is monovision. Monovision is a LASIK procedure that treats one eye for nearsightedness and the other eye for farsightedness. The two eyes then work together to create the feeling of having nearsightedness and farsightedness simultaneously corrected.
In some patients monovision can cause nausea or dizziness. Before committing to LASIK surgery for monovision, talk to your eye doctor about doing a monovision trial with contact lenses.
Risks associated with LASIK surgery
As LASIK is a surgery, it does come with some risks including under-correction, astigmatism, or over-correction, dry eyes, vision disturbances, and flap problems. If the laser does not remove the correct amount, your vision may not be fully corrected or may be corrected too much. If uneven amounts of tissue are removed you could end up with astigmatism.
LASIK surgery may reduce your night vision, causing glares, light rings, or even double vision. This is typically only temporary while the eyes are healing. Also, LASIK surgery reduces your eye’s tear production temporarily, which might cause your eyes to feel extra dry while they are healing. Your eye doctor can prescribe you special eye drops while your eyes are healing to help relieve the dryness.
Finally, since a flap is caused by the surgeon cutting into your eye to correct the cornea, the last risk associated with LASIK surgery is problems resulting from the flap healing incorrectly or getting an infection. Flap problems usually include excess tears, swelling, or infection.