LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is an innovative treatment than can greatly improve many patients' vision and reduce or eliminate their need for glasses or contacts. However, there are certain conditions which can preclude you from receiving LASIK. Knowing when to avoid LASIK is an important step in protecting your vision and overall health.
At our practice in Philadelphia, PA, we can explain the risks and benefits of LASIK and determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. At Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC, we have a team of specialists who are at the forefront of their field. They can assess your situation and recommend the best treatment option for your needs.
Reasons to Postpone LASIK
There are some conditions which increase the risk of complications during LASIK surgery. For this reason, it is important to disclose your complete medical history to your doctor before opting for LASIK.
However, many conditions are temporary and require only that you postpone surgery, rather than avoid it completely. Such conditions include:
Our team can monitor these conditions and recommend the best time to schedule treatment.
Other temporary conditions affecting the health of your eye, such as pink eye or a recent injury, can also affect your outcome. Our team can monitor these conditions and recommend the best time to schedule treatment.
Unfortunately, there are longterm medical concerns and eye conditions that can preclude you from LASIK surgery permanently. The treatment can exacerbate certain problems and cause significant discomfort. Examples of such conditions include:
In addition, we do not recommend LASIK to patients with thin corneas. The surgery creates a small flap in the cornea to adjust the shape of the lens and consequently requires a minimum amount of corneal tissue to work with. If your corneas are too thin to support treatment, we may recommend alternatives such as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), LASEK (laser-assisted epithelial keratomileusis), or implantable contact lenses.
At Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, we are dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate care for all of our patients. With a team of highly educated and experienced surgeons, we can tailor your treatment to fit your specific needs. We offer a comprehensive range of vision treatments, including cataract surgery and general eye care, allowing us to find the right solution for you.
If you are interested in learning more about LASIK or one of the other services we offer, you can contact our team online or call our office at (215) 672-4300 today to speak a member of our staff. With six locations around Philadelphia, you can find the treatment you need at the office most convenient to you.