LASIK is a surgical procedure for correcting myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. It has become the most commonly performed laser eye surgical procedure. Our practice has been involved in the co-management of patients with both Boston and Canadian surgeons for many years.
A thorough evaluation is required to determine if LASIK is an appropriate procedure. Patients must be 21 years of age or older, have a stable prescription for twelve months prior to surgery, meet the criteria for prescription limits, corneal thickness and pupil size, and be free of any eye disease or inflammation. Our office is equipped with state of the art instruments for thorough pre-operative evaluations. In addition to these tests, special research tests are utilized to detect non-obvious conditions which could result in post-operative complications.
A visit for an extended period of time or more than one visit may be required to determine if contraindications exist or if remedial procedures are necessary prior to the surgery. LASIK is non-reversible and not without risk. Appropriate patient selection is critical to a successful outcome!
Contact lenses must be removed on the following schedule prior to pre-LASIK evaluation:
- Soft lenses – remove 2 weeks prior to the exam
- Soft toric lenses – remove 3 weeks prior to the exam
- Extended wear lenses – remove 3 weeks prior to the exam
- Rigid gas permeable (RGP) – remove a minimum of 4 weeks per each decade of wear. RGP patients may need additional visits if they have worn their RGP lenses for more than 10 years.