Determining Suitability for Lasik Surgery

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Dr. Anthony Roberts, an eye health specialist, provides a variety of treatments for common eye conditions. Additionally, for patients who qualify for the procedure, Dr. Anthony Roberts performs Lasik surgery.

For many individuals, Lasik surgery, a type of surgery that uses a laser to correct vision, can provide good results. However, certain individuals are not good candidates. Doctors look at a number of factors when determining a person’s suitability.

To start, the person should be over 18 years of age and in good health overall. This includes eye health, as having conditions such as glaucoma, herpes zoster, and others can disqualify a person. People who have ongoing issues with eye dryness and whose vision is unstable should not get the procedure, and pregnant and nursing women should wait for a period of time as advised by their doctor. This is because hormones during this time can affect vision.

Other factors doctors evaluate include the thickness of the patient’s corneas, as people who have corneas less than around 0.5 millimeters thick shouldn’t get the surgery. The doctor must deem the person’s farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism to be treatable through the procedure as well. An eye doctor can check for these and other important factors during a consultative visit.

What Happens in LASIK Surgery

Dr. Anthony Roberts has extensive expertise in evaluating and treating eye conditions. In addition to providing patients with routine eye care, Dr. Anthony Roberts also performs LASIK surgery to address patients’ vision problems.

For many people, wearing glasses or contact lens has long been a part of life. However, with new surgical options, a doctor can fix many common vision problems. For those opting for LASIK, a doctor can provide details of the procedure and outline exactly what the patient should expect.

First, the doctor uses drops to numb the eye; as a result, the procedure is typically painless. The doctor will use a special surgical instrument to hold the patient’s eye open and make a flap on the cornea’s surface. At this point, the doctor will use the laser to make small modifications to the corneal shape in accordance with the patient’s particular prescription. After completing this stage, the doctor will then put the flap back in place. Once the procedure ends, the patient should then follow the doctor’s instructions for aftercare during the recovery period. For instance, the patient will need to use certain eye drops for a period of time after the surgery and return for follow-up visits.