If you have a refractive error, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, you will need eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly. If you are tired of relying on glasses or contacts, LASIK surgery is an excellent option. At Southwest Eye Care in Bakersfield, CA, our optometrist provides pre- and post-LASIK care to ensure that your eyes are healthy.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK is a laser surgical procedure designed to reshape your cornea. This reshaping will correct your refractive error permanently, and you will no longer need to rely on glasses or contacts.
Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. If you are thinking about getting LASIK, you can see our eye doctor to determine if you are a good candidate. We also offer pre-LASIK care. The following would make you a poor candidate for this procedure:
- Age: You must be at least 18 years old to be a good candidate for LASIK. This is the age your eyes reach maturity, and you will be a poor candidate if you are under 18.
- Medical conditions: If you have an autoimmune disease, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, or AIDS, you won't be a good candidate for Lasik.
- Conditions of the eye: If you have a condition of the eye, such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration or dry eye syndrome, you aren't a good candidate for LASIK.
- Corneal shape and thickness: If your cornea is too thin or is misshapen naturally or due to keratoconus, you won't be a good candidate for this procedure.
- Your prescription: Your prescription must be within the FDA-approved parameters to be a good candidate. If you are nearsighted, your prescription can be no higher than -12.00. If you are farsighted, your prescription can be no higher than +6.00. If you have astigmatism, LASIK will correct up to 6 diopters.
- Pregnancy or nursing: If you are pregnant or nursing, our eye doctor will suggest you wait to have the procedure performed.
LASIK is relatively painless. Before the procedure, you will get numbing drops in your eyes. The most you will feel during the procedure is a bit of pressure.
Immediately after the procedure, your vision will be blurry. It is best to avoid watching TV, using your phone or computer, and doing any closeup work. When you wake up the day after the procedure, you should be able to see clearly. If you have a high prescription, it can take longer to heal completely. Visit our optometry team after the procedure to ensure that your eyes are healing correctly and to receive post LASIK care.
Visit Our Optometrist in Bakersfield, CA for Pre and Post-Operative Care
If you are considering LASIK, we can help. At Southwest Eye Care in Bakersfield, CA, our eye doctor will determine if LASIK is right for you. Call us today to schedule an appointment.