Whether or not to have LASIK is a very personal decision. You should discuss your work and lifestyle with your surgeon to see if LASIK is a good option for you. While LASIK may be a perfect option for your sister or neighbor, it may not be the right fit for you.
Consider the following when making your decision:
- How do you spend your day: Do you do a great deal of close up work, or do you rely on your distance vision?
- Do you have dry eyes?
- Do you need to wear glasses all of the time, or just occasionally?
- Do you take your glasses off to read?
- Would you feel happy with an outcome that is not 20/20?
- Do you have any medical factors that may impact your healing: diabetes, autoimmune disease, previous eye surgery, cataracts or glaucoma?
- Are you pregnant or nursing, or plan to become pregnant within the next year?
Having LASIK doesn’t mean that you will never need to wear glasses again. Whether you have LASIK or not, as you grow older, you will need to wear near-vision or reading glasses. This condition is called presbyopia, the normal aging of the eye, starts to develop after the age of 40.