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How to know if Lasik eye surgery is right for you

August 29, 2008
Provided by eHow
Lasik eye surgery can be a blessing for those who have worn glasses or contacts all their lives and want a break from the constant vision hardware. Through corneal reshaping, a Lasik surgeon can give you the freedom of corrected vision through the latest advances in laser technology.

Step 1

Set up regular appointments with an eye doctor. Inquire about a referral for Lasik from your doctor.

Step 2

Calculate your financial obligation. Most insurance companies do not cover the entire amount of Lasik surgery. Check with your insurance company and with the clinic to find out about any out-of-pocket expenses before making your decision.

Step 3

Be prepared to see your eye surgeon several times both before and after the surgery is complete.

Step 4

Make sure your eyes are healthy. Any health conditions that can potentially damage your eyesight can cause problems during or after surgery. Glaucoma, cataracts or severe dry eyes are all considered unhealthy eye conditions.

Step 5

Consider the chance that something could go wrong and permanently damage your eyesight. While it isn’t common, any kind of surgery can have complications.

Fact Box

¯Many Lasik patients must still wear corrective lenses after surgery. However, there’s a significant difference in their vision after the corrective surgery.
¯Pregnant women have fluctuating hormone levels that can interfere with Lasik surgery. A surgeon will usually recommend you wait until after you have the baby.
¯Check with your employer before getting Lasik surgery. Some jobs prohibit any refractive procedures that could cause you to see differently and potentially be a safety hazard.
¯If your prescription for corrective lenses changes every year, you may not be a good candidate for Lasik surgery. Confirm this information with your Lasik surgeon.



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