One of the surgical procedures offered here in Houston Eye Center is lasik eye surgery. Lasik eye surgery is where the eye surgeon uses an excimer laser directed onto the patient’s cornea in an effort to treat any irregularities in the shape so as to adjust the focus of light onto the retina allowing the patient to have clearer vision. Since lasik eye surgery really tackles the problem in its source which is the cornea, it offers a more long term solution and patients who undergo lasik eye surgery wouldn’t need to wear any corrective devices like glasses or contacts.
Lasik eye surgery is considered to be a very safe procedure and the results are amazing but before one can actually undergo the surgical procedure one has to be evaluated by the eye doctor or surgeon. During the evaluation the doctor or surgeon will examine any risk factors that may contribute to further complications in the future. The presence of risk factors may make one ineligible to undergo lasik eye surgery and today we are going to take a look into those six risk factors that prevent one from undergoing lasik surgery.
1.) High prescriptions – Patients who wear glasses or contacts with strong prescriptions are advised not to undergo lasik eye surgery. This is because having high or strong prescriptions is an indicator of unstable vision. Patients who have high prescription but still want to undergo lasik surgery have to wait until their vision stabilizes.
2.) Thin corneas – During the surgical procedure tissue from the cornea is actually removed with the use of an excimer laser. If a patient has relatively thin corneas he should not undergo Lasik Surgery. This is because there is a higher chance of the cornea weakening and developing other complications in the future.
3.) Abnormal corneal curve – During the examination of the eye doctor, he will use a topographer to analyze the curvature of the patient’s corneas. If ever he finds any abnormality in the corneas curvature he may advise the patient to find other treatments since curve abnormality can be an indication of cornea weakness.
4.) Dry eye symptoms – It is normal to experience redness, burning, and tearing after undergoing lasik eye surgery. However, if patient already experiences these symptoms beforehand this may be an indication of dry eye. It is not advised to undergo lasik eye surgery when suffering from dye eye since symptoms may worsen after.
5.) Large pupils – Undergoing lasik eye surgery has the risk of developing complications like seeing halos, having a glare, as well as having difficulty seeing in the dark. Patients who have relatively large pupils are put at a greater risk of experiencing these side effects so it is advised to avoid lasik surgery.
6.) Multiple past eye surgeries – During consultation the eye doctor will ask if you have gone through any past eye surgeries. If you have gone through other past eye surgeries the surgeon may advise against going through Lasik Surgery as this might put you at a greater risk of developing negative side effects.