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Your Optometrist is Your LASIK Specialist

LASIK is an exciting vision correction option; it is not a choice that you should make based on advertising or price alone. It is a complex procedure that requires several clinical visits, in-depth discussions, explanations and careful guidance. Your optometrist is well equipped to manage and deliver your pre- and post-operative care throughout this process.


Are You a Candidate?

LASIK can treat a broad range of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in people who are at least 18 years old, in good general health and have no eye diseases. Only an in-depth examination of your eyes, your individual case, your expectations and your lifestyle will determine whether the procedure is right for you. You deserve an honest and frank discussion about your candidacy. Your optometrist will be able to determine whether you are a candidate for LASIK.


You Need a Careful Evaluation

During your LASIK evaluation, your optometrist will do a thorough medical history, evaluate your eyes for any eye conditions and discuss with you how any health problems could potentially impact the outcome of your vision correction. Your optometrist will check your prescription to determine if it is stable or has changed.



Your expectations are an important part of the decision to have LASIK. A complete evaluation is an important starting point, but you will need to make a decision about the outcome you desire. For many patients, improving their distance vision and near vision is possible, but certain patients may still need or prefer to wear glasses to enhance their vision. Your optometrist will discuss this with you and work to determine the treatment that will best serve your vision needs.


Contact Lenses

If you have contact lenses you will need to stop wearing the lenses for a period of time before proceeding with surgery. Contact lenses, depending upon the type and wearing schedule, may distort the shape of your cornea and change your uncorrected vision. Leaving your lenses out will allow your eye to return to its natural shape. This process may require several visits to your optometrist, until no change occurs.


Care After Surgery

After your surgery, your optometrist will manage your post-procedure care. This includes answering questions that you may have during the healing process.


Your Optometrist Can Help You Make an Informed Decision

When you make the decision to proceed with LASIK surgery, the focus should be quality care, an experienced surgeon, and a reputable laser center for a fair price. Your optometrist is the one to help you make an informed decision. Always rely upon the eye doctor who knows you best!