LASIK Consultation: Why Are We Asking You These Questions?

If you’re thinking about getting LASIK surgery, chances are you’ve done your research. However, all of the research in the world will not tell you if you’re a LASIK candidate. In order to truly know if you’re a candidate for LASIK or not, you must schedule a LASIK consultation!

While at your LASIK consultation, you will be asked a series of questions about your health, lifestyle and expectations. It may seem like a lot of personal information, but in order for your doctor to determine your candidacy, you must answer truthfully.

So, what kind of questions will we ask and why?

Pregnancy and LASIK

Your eye surgeon will ask if you are pregnant or nursing prior to your surgery. This may seem unrelated, but pregnancy and nursing can actually have a profound effect on your eyes.

Pregnancy causes hormone production changes, which in turn can change your eyes. These hormone changes last into nursing. Getting LASIK during this time is not recommended, because after pregnancy and nursing are finished, your eye will change again. This can complete negate the effects of LASIK.

Overall Health

You will be asked for your full medical history. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes, can make LASIK more risky. For this reason, it is important to be upfront about past and present medical conditions.

Eye Health

Unsurprisingly, your eye health will also be taken into account. If you have keratoconus, or if you have any corneal scarring, it is unlikely that you will be a candidate for LASIK. Other conditions such as dry eye, eye infections or ocular herpes. Previous eye injury may also disqualify you from LASIK. There are a host of eye conditions that can make LASIK too risky, so it is best to talk to your eye doctor.

Your Age

Your age can significantly affect your LASIK results, especially if you are around the age of 18. Most LASIK surgeons will not perform on anyone younger than 21, because your eyes are more likely to be finished developing. In addition to being of age, your glasses prescriptions should be the same for at least one year before having surgery.

If you would like more information on the significance of the questions asked during LASIK surgery, please contact the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group!

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