When to Avoid LASIK

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In patients with irregular corneas including corneal dystrophy like keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration and others, laser vision correction of any sort is not advised. When the cornea is thin or the eye prescription is very high, LASIK may not be an option.

LASIK can become unhealthy or unsafe if there is not enough corneal tissue to work with when reshaping the cornea. This is something that can be determined during a LASIK consultation.

If the cornea is otherwise healthy, sometimes a surface laser vision correction procedure may be reasonable.

Patients with eye pathology like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy should not have LASIK due to the possibility of an uncertain result. In the free LASIK consultation at SightMD, all of these possibilities will by examined and we will be able to advise you correctly and safely.

For a practice like SightMD, it’s important to our doctors to only perform LASIK on patients that are good candidates for the procedure.

The possibility of uncertain results can mean visual aberrations, as well as complications and vision loss because of LASIK on patients who shouldn’t undergo it. This is why you must have a LASIK consultation before ever deciding to get LASIK.

Dry Eye

When an eye is exceedingly dry such as with collagen vascular disease like rheumatoid arthritis, laser vision correction might not be advantageous. en vascular disease like rheumatoid arthritis, laser vision correction might not be advantageous. Patients with dry eye can get LASIK, but it must be under control before undergoing the procedure.

This may include starting a dry eye regimen with your eye doctor, or making lifestyle changes or taking medications to help increase tear production. If you’re interested in LASIK but know that your dry eye is an issue, it’s important to treat your dry eye symptoms sooner rather than later

Only the Best LASIK Technology

The board certified LASIK surgeons at SightMD have tremendous experience with laser vision correction. Our eye doctors have been leaders in laser eye surgery and always strive to do the very best in LASIK.

This is why we have adopted the iLASIK platform that is the most advanced and safest way to have LASIK. iLASIK is blade-free with IntraLase®, a bladeless laser that makes the safest and most precise flaps possible as the first step of LASIK.

We then do all custom laser vision correction utilizing iDesign® to create a fingerprint of your unique vision. This fingerprint of your vision is called a Waveprint or Wavemap.

We place this custom pattern on your cornea using automatic centering, automatic tracking and iris registration for the best possible results. Lastly we utilize the VISX Star S4™ laser to perform the vision correction. Using our iDesign® software, SightMD is able to eliminate almost any chance of human error occurring during your LASIK procedure. That being said, it doesn’t change the fact that not everyone will be a good LASIK candidate.

Our LASIK surgeons carefully evaluate each person in a free LASIK consultation and often have to explain why a particular patient should not have laser eye surgery. As amazing as bladeless custom LASIK can be, not everyone is a good candidate. Even if you are not right for bladeless custom LASIK, there are other vision correction procedure options we can explore. There’s no reason to feel held back by glasses and contacts any longer!

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