How To Know If You are A Good Candidate For Laser Eye Surgery

If you are looking for a permanent solution to contact lenses or glasses, you might be interested in the many benefits of laser eye surgery. Of course, to accurately determine if you’re a good candidate, you should call to book a laser eye surgery consultation with your local optometrist. Before you do, here are a few criteria to help inform you if this option may be available to you and if you are a good candidate.



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At our eye clinic in Sunridge mall, our highly qualified Calgary eye doctors provide comprehensive laser eye surgery consultation during which they will examine your eye health and determine whether you are a viable candidate for laser eye surgery. 

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What Is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser Eye Surgery is a common procedure that uses a laser to reshape the surface of the eye. It can be reshaped for most cases of myopia or hyperopia, and even astigmatism in which cases the shape of the eye distorts the light and reflects it behind or in front of the retina causing images to appear blurry when we perceive them. 


Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery

If you are considering laser eye surgery, then you may already know of the spectacular benefits which may be motivating your decision. Before you start searching for, "best laser eye surgery near me" you will want to know if this laser eye surgery is right for you. When a candidate is considering laser eye surgery, an optometrist will discuss the risks and benefits to ensure they are making an informed choice for their eye health. Some of the benefits of laser eye surgery include:

  • Reduce dependence and even gain freedom from contacts and glasses
  • Minor recovery time
  • Minimally invasive
  • Minimal to no pain during the procedure 


Freedom from Glasses Or Contacts, Are You A Laser Eye Surgery Candidate?
 

State of Your Overall Health

Your optometrist may approve you for laser eye surgery if your overall health is in good condition. They will also decide who should not have laser eye surgery including:

  • Pregnant women, those planning to be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Anyone under 18 years of age at the time of surgery
  • Those who have concerning or Interfering medical concerns or illness
Good Eye Health and Condition

When you go for a laser eye surgery consultation the optometrist will conduct an eye exam to determine whether you are eligible for laser eye surgery. They will be looking for criteria such as:

  • The cornea is a substantial thickness for the procedure,
  • You do not have dry eye syndrome or excessive symptoms
  • Your eyes are free of infection
  • If past eye trauma may interfere with your candidacy
Prescription

In addition, your prescription will play a role in determining if laser eye surgery is for you. 

To be approved for laser eye surgery, your optometrist will evaluate if you:

  • Have had a stable prescription for a set timeline,
  • Have stopped wearing contacts for a set duration, and 
  • Your prescription falls between -8 and -20 dioptres for myopia and nothing over +5 for hyperopia. If you have astigmatism or any other concerns, your optometrist will be able to evaluate your individual circumstance.

 

The First Step Towards Clear Vision

If you are tired of wearing contacts or glasses, or they have become impractical in your daily life, then laser eye surgery may be the solution you've been looking for- that is, if you're a good candidate. There are many factors that play a role in whether your optometrist will approve you such as eye and general health and your prescription. In addition, you should use this discussion to ask questions to weigh the benefits and risks and find clarity for any other questions you may have. If you have questions or are looking to book a laser eye surgery consultation in Calgary, visit our Sunridge Eye Clinic. 

Want to learn if you are a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery? Book your consultation today or call our team at 403-280-7518.



FAQ's

 

What are the risks and side effects of laser eye surgery?

Although laser eye surgery is becoming more and more common it is still a serious surgery, as with most surgeries. There are possible complications associated with laser eye surgery such as burning, itching, stinging and even blindness. These complications can have impacts on patients for the rest of their lives, so it is always a good idea to ask questions and ensure you understand all the risks before undergoing laser eye surgery.  

What results can be expected in patients who undergo laser eye surgery?

Most patients see optimal results and no longer require glasses or contacts. A small percentage reduces their prescription so that they can see clearly but may need small corrections and may revisit laser eye surgery down the road to boost their vision. 

Is Laser Eye Surgery Painful?

No, before surgery, your optometrist will apply numbing drops so that you experience little to no pain or discomfort during the procedure. 


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