A majority of men and women in their mid-20s are great candidates for LASIK eye surgery, but oftentimes, individuals don’t think they qualify because they have a high prescription. LASIK has been correcting vision for more than 25 years, and dozens of lasers have been approved for the procedure.
Severe refractive errors were initially disqualified, but now LASIK can correct:
- Farsightedness up to +6.00 diopters.
- Nearsightedness up to -12.00 diopters.
- Astigmatism up to 6 diopters.
Diopters are the measurement units we use to determine the strength of your eye or lens.
Your prescription isn’t the only aspect our eye doctors take into consideration when evaluating your candidacy for LASIK. Others factors include:
- You’re over the age of 18.
- Your prescription has been stable for at least 1-2 years.
- Your corneas are thick enough for the laser to reshape your cornea without issue.
- Your pupils are the appropriate size. (Large pupils increase your risk of night vision issues and blurred vision after LASIK.)
- Your eyes are in good health with no symptoms of eye diseases such as glaucoma.
If you have dry eye syndrome, you might be a better candidate for PRK. LASIK involves creating a hinged flap on the surface layer of your eye, and the laser then reshapes your cornea before folding the flap back into place. PRK, on the other hand, uses ablation to remove this surface layer (known as the epithelial layer), which your eye regrows in the weeks following your procedure.
If you’re interested in LASIK, please contact our eye doctors in Yorktown or Poughkeepsie today at 845-454-1025 to schedule your consultation. Seeta Eye Centers serve clients throughout New York including Poughkeepsie, Yorktown, Hudson Valley and Dutchess County.