Am I a Candidate for LASIK Surgery?

If you wear contact lenses or glasses, you’ve probably thought about how much simpler life would be without them. You may want to consider quick and convenient LASIK surgery to correct your vision. Dr. Dwight Thibodeaux and Dr. Paul Tachau at Accent Vision Specialists can answer all your questions and help you decide whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery. If so, they can assist with pre- and post-op care at our comprehensive eye care center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

What is LASIK surgery?

LASIK, which is short for laser in-situ keratomileusis, helps correct astigmatism, nearsighted and farsighted vision by reshaping your cornea. Though it may not completely correct your vision, it usually greatly reduces your need for glasses or contact lenses. We can help you decide whether this exciting technology, perfected over the past two decades, may be right for you. 

Am I a good candidate for LASIK?

The FDA approves LASIK surgery for patients aged 18 or older. Dr. Dwight Thibodeaux and Dr. Paul Tachau see whether you’re a good candidate. Criteria include:

The same vision prescription for at least two-plus years

According to the FDA, your doctor may also consider certain conditions problematic, such as:

Our knowledgeable doctors discuss any previous eye issues or surgeries and evaluate your overall health to see if LASIK is right for you. If so, you can expect vastly improved vision.  

During your eye exam

We examine you thoroughly to determine your best course of action. If you decide to move forward with LASIK surgery, we share your results with your surgeon. Our painless, non-invasive tests include: 

Manual and digital analysis of your focusing abilities

  1. Pupil measurement and dilation to view the lens and retina at the back of each eye
  2. Tear film screening

We also screen for macular degeneration, pink eye, allergies, glaucoma, and more, using high-definition tests.

More than one type of LASIK surgery

Your surgeon uses a laser to reshape your corneas, so they refract light more effectively, though you may still need corrective lenses for reading and/or driving. There are actually several types of LASIK surgeries, including:

We can help you decide which one suits you best. 

Time to see clearly

When you’re ready to take the next step, our experienced team at Accent Vision Specialists determines whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK. We also offer advice on taking care of your eyes before and after surgery. Simply give us a call at 505-984-8989 to discuss how LASIK surgery or other procedures can help you see more clearly today and down the road.

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