Considering LASIK in New Mexico?
At Bernitsky Vision in Albuquerque, we are dedicated to improving lives through comprehensive eye care and advanced vision correction. LASIK is a popular procedure and many people love the convenience and freedom of life after LASIK. However, each patient is unique and our vision specialists can help you decide if LASIK eye surgery is the right procedure for you.
Am I A Candidate For LASIK?
If you are over 18 years old and interested in eliminating or reducing your need for glasses or contact lenses, then LASIK may be an option for you! There are several factors that determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. The best way to figure out if LASIK is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chan at our Albuquerque office. The three general categories an experienced LASIK surgeon will evaluate are your vision, your eye health, and your general health.
Vision Conditions Treated by LASIK
LASIK can treat a variety of mild-to-moderate vision conditions or refractive errors, including:
- Myopia, which is nearsightedness
- Hyperopia, which is farsightedness
- Astigmatism, which is the result of an irregular-shaped cornea
If you have a very high prescription for severe nearsightedness or farsightedness, LASIK may not be right for you. However, there are vision correction surgeries, such as ICL and RLE, that can treat more severe refractive errors.
LASIK and Your Eye Health
LASIK Contraindications, or reasons that LASIK may not be suited for you, include:
- Thin or highly irregular corneas
- Dry eyes
- Eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, or retinal diseases
- An unstable prescription, which may indicate that your eyes are not finished developing
LASIK and Your Overall Health
It is recommended that LASIK patients be in general good health. Some specific health issues that could prevent you from being a LASIK candidate include:
- Thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
- Autoimmune diseases
- Pregnancy or nursing
What Can I Do if I am Not a Candidate for LASIK?
We offer a range of vision correction procedures at Bernitsky Vision, including several LASIK alternatives such as PRK, RLE, and ICL. If you are unsure which procedure may be best for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation appointment so Dr. Chan can advise you of your options after conducting a thorough evaluation.
Who Typically Gets LASIK?
LASIK appeals to a wide range of people across different genders, ages, and careers. Professionals, parents, and students with busy schedules appreciate that LASIK can save them time in their morning routine. Athletes and outdoor enthusiasts look to LASIK for more freedom when staying active. The doctors at Bernitsky Vision have performed vision correction surgery for police officers, firefighters, surgeons, physicians, pilots, and baseball players in Albuquerque.
I Want LASIK, What is the Next Step?
The first step toward life with LASIK is to schedule a free, no-obligation LASIK exam at our Albuquerque office. It is important to make an informed decision about any eye surgery. Some things you may want to know before making your LASIK decision: