Is LASIK safe? This is one of the most common questions our patients often ask Dr. Silverman and the team at EyeCare20/20 when they are first considering surgery. While most patients experience significant vision correction through LASIK surgery, no surgery is 100 percent safe. Therefore, if you are considering a LASIK eye surgery procedure, you should research the risks and complications associated with LASIK.
Patients should also take their role seriously in having a successful procedure by preparing properly prior to surgery and closely following post-surgery guidelines. By doing so, patients can help to keep their eyes protected and reduce LASIK complications.
The Initial Consultation and Patient Safety
One of the most important steps on a patient’s journey to a successful LASIK experience is the initial consultation with the eye surgeon. During this meeting, patients should be honest about their eye and overall health and answer all of the doctor’s questions truthfully.
Some patients are not good candidates for LASIK surgery for a variety of reasons, and are at a greater risk for complications. You might NOT be a good candidate for LASIK if:
- Your eyeglass or contact lens prescription has changed in the past year.
- You are under 18 years old.
- You have a disease or are on medication that compromises wound healing.
- You take medication that affects your vision.
- You have a disease, such as diabetes, that causes hormones to fluctuate.
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- You have had certain eye diseases or injuries.
- You have large pupils, thin corneas or dry eyes.
- You have had previous refractive surgery.
Proceeding with a LASIK eye surgery procedure under these circumstances could put your eye health at risk. Your doctor will also need to know about any previous or current health conditions and medications you take, including over-the-counter medications, and if you are allergic to medication of any kind.
The Importance of an Accurate Baseline Evaluation
To reduce LASIK complications and possible retreatments, your eye surgeon will give you a thorough eye exam. Along with gauging overall eye health, the doctor needs to determine an accurate baseline of your eyesight to determine what degree of vision correction is required.
Since wearing contact lenses alters the shape of the cornea, you should stop wearing contacts for a period of time prior to the exam:
- 3 days for soft lenses.
- 3 weeks for rigid gas permeable lenses.
- 4 weeks for hard lenses.
After the initial consultation and eye evaluation, your doctor will have the information he or she needs to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery with minimal risk for complications.
Keeping Your Eyes Safe After LASIK Surgery
When you are recovering from LASIK eye surgery, you can do your part to reduce LASIK complications if you follow your eye surgeon’s recommendations for follow up visits and at-home care. The eye area can easily be compromised if you don’t take this stage of the process seriously.
Dr. Silvermanand the team at EyeCare20/20 take your eye health and safety seriously. For more information or if you have questions about LASIK, schedule a free consultation. Call us today at (973) 560-1500 or fill out the quick contact form on the left. We will get back to you as soon as possible because helping patients is our #1 priority.
Information from the FDA about LASIK: