Do I qualify for LASIK?

March 4, 2018

LASIK is a form of refractive surgery that corrects farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism caused by an irregularly shaped cornea. The quick, painless, and usually bladeless procedure is an excellent solution to the long-term costs and hassles of having to wear corrective lenses, such as glasses or contacts.

While most patients do qualify for LASIK, not all do, depending on their vision issues and needs. The good news is that most diagnoses that don’t qualify for LASIK can be treated successfully with other solutions.

Cataracts

Cataracts are an all-too-common condition appearing in adults age 40 and older, increasing significantly with age. Associated with dull, cloudy, or double vision, cataracts occur when the naturally clear lens of your eye becomes obscured by a build-up of natural proteins. As the cataract grows, vision worsens, leading to discomfort, light sensitivity, compromised night driving, and an overall decline in quality of life.

While LASIK cannot fix cataracts, other treatments can. Laser Cataract Surgery, using the Alcon LenSx Laser technology, breaks up and removes the cataract. Combined with an Intraocular Lens implant (IOL), the 15-minute procedure results in good to excellent vision for most patients. Contact us today for more information about laser cataract surgery.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can result in diabetic retinopathy, or damage to the retina resulting from elevated blood sugar levels. Leading to vision impairment and sometimes even blindness, diabetic retinopathy is a serious condition. 

LASIK surgery cannot correct diabetic retinopathy, but other procedures can. In its earliest stages, the condition can be managed by controlling blood sugar levels.

As it progresses, however, your ophthalmologist may recommend other treatments to save your vision, such as laser treatment to shrink blood vessels or slow blood/fluid leakage, or vitrectomy procedures, which remove scar tissue and blood from the middle of the eye.

Do I qualify for LASIK? | Cleveland Clinic Sugarbush Eye and Laser Centre in Ashland, Ohio

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is actually a group of eye disorders stemming from high intraocular pressure that can damage the optic nerve, cause peripheral vision loss and eventually blindness. Often referred to as a “silent” disorder, glaucoma can seemingly sneak up on the eyes with no discernable symptoms.

There is no way to prevent glaucoma, but it can be treated by lowering eye pressure with drops, laser surgery, or microsurgery if caught in its earliest stages. For this reason, frequent checkups with a qualified ophthalmologist are essential. Don’t wait for symptoms to occur! Reach out to Cleveland Clinic Sugarbush Eye and Laser Centre today to schedule your appointment.

While not all eye disorders qualify for LASIK, many can be treated with other procedures. The best treatment, of course, is prevention and early detection. Visit your ophthalmologist at the Cleveland Clinic Sugarbush Eye and Laser Centre for regular check-ups to ensure optimum eye health and to find out if you qualify for LASIK surgery.

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