LASIK helps thousands of Singaporeans see better each year. Is it a good choice for you? Here are six factors you should consider whether and when to do LASIK:
- Make sure your doctor is experienced. Having someone who understands the surgery and how it’s used in different types of vision problems is perhaps the most important step you can take in making sure you get the best possible results. Choose a doctor who has plenty of experience and good reviews from previous patients.
- Determine if you’re eligible. LASIK is not a good choice for every patient with poor vision. For instance, people with high degrees of myopia or astigmatism may not always have the best outcomes, and people with dry eye syndrome or corneal diseases are often not considered good candidates. Understand the success rates for people with your refractive error and astigmatism, if you have one.
- Understand the alternatives. LASIK may not be for everyone, but there are other types of surgeries such as PRK and LASEK that could be a good choice for your needs. Ask your doctor to describe your alternatives so you can feel confident in the surgery you select. An experienced doctor will be able to discuss all the alternatives and help you weight the risks and benefits of each.
- Be sure you understand the procedure, from start to finish. That includes knowing what happens during follow-up care and healing. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be to recognize any issues or problems that occur after surgery. Plus, when you know what to expect after the procedure is completed, you won’t be worried by minor symptoms that typically occur during healing.
- Understand the possible side effects or risks. Though LASIK has a very high success rate, any type of surgery can have complications, and it’s important to understand what they may be. Some patients may have undercorrection, overcorrection, dry eye, glare, halo, corneal damage or infection.
- Have realistic expectations. While LASIK can improve your vision, it’s not intended to give you perfect, 20/20 vision. Ask your doctor what type of improvement you can realistically expect so you can decide if you still want to undergo the procedure.
Knowing the “ins and outs” of LASIK can help you be more prepared for the surgery and the results you can achieve. Make sure to consider these factors when deciding if the LASIK procedure is the best choice for you and your vision.