LASIK is a modern, minimally-invasive laser eye surgery. LASIK can substantially reduce or eliminate your need for distance eyeglasses or contact lenses, allowing you to enjoy life without limitations or inconvenience. The popularity and success of LASIK has helped to make it the number one elective surgery across the globe.
LASIK has an extremely high success rate. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 96% of patients achieve 20/20 vision or better. However, it’s high success rate doesn’t make LASIK automatically the right solution for everyone.
Candidacy for LASIK is assessed by doctors on a case by case basis so that you can be certain that LASIK is right for you. During your consultation, Dr. Kubota will perform a comprehensive examination of your eyes and vision and talk to you about both the procedure and aftercare.
The general guidelines for LASIK candidacy state that patients must:
be at least 18 years of age
have had stable vision with no prescription changes for a minimum of 12 months (2-5 years is even better)
have a current prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses that falls between specified parameters
have no significant medical or eye-related problems such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy
have no history of corneal disease
not be pregnant or nursing at the time of the procedure
An important element of any LASIK consultation is the conversation surrounding the expectations and predicted outcomes of your procedure. Many people mistakenly believe that LASIK will completely eliminate their need for visual aids for life. LASIK candidates must understand and accept that they may still be required to use visual aids in some circumstances, such as when driving in low light conditions or for near tasks to reduce eye strain or when they develop presbyopia.
If you are interested in finding out more about LASIK laser eye surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kubota. We look forward to supporting your journey to clearer vision.