If you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness and / or astigmatism, you may be a suitable candidate for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) vision correction surgery. However, not everyone is an appropriate LASIK candidate. Only a highly qualified board-certified ophthalmologist such as New York City LASIK surgeon Sandra Belmont, MD, FACS, can properly determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Individuals who are not appropriate LASIK candidates may instead benefit from another type of laser vision correction surgery such as photo-refractive keratectomy, or PRK.
Appropriate LASIK Candidates
In general, suitable LASIK candidates include individuals who:
- Have healthy eyes
- Have stable vision with a prescription that has not changed for at least one year prior to the vision correction procedure
- Are at least 18 years old if treating nearsightedness or at least 21 years old if treating astigmatism
- Do not have a degenerative or autoimmune disease
- Do not have any health conditions that impede your body’s healing process
- Are not pregnant or nursing
If You Are Not Eligible for LASIK
If, for some reason, you are not medically eligible to undergo LASIK in Manhattan with Dr. Belmont, do not fret! You may be an appropriate candidate for another vision correction procedure such as PRK. Although PRK laser eye surgery is actually the precursor to LASIK, it offers visual results that are very similar to LASIK results and has certain advantages over LASIK.
For instance, LASIK surgery involves creating a flap in the cornea. In contrast, with PRK, Dr. Belmont does not have to make an incision in the eye. Instead, she uses a laser to ablate the surface of the cornea. Although it may take a few more days to notice an improvement in vision with PRK, there are none of the side effects associated with creating a corneal flap during LASIK surgery.
In the past, when the FDA had only just approved PRK for vision correction, only individuals with mild to moderate nearsightedness were considered appropriate candidates for PRK. But thanks to advancements in PRK and other advanced surface ablation (ASA) techniques, most patients are now eligible for PRK, and it is considered an outstanding alternative to LASIK.
During your initial visit to Belmont Eye Center in New York, Dr. Belmont will review your eye health and medical history as well as listen to your vision-correction objectives. Based on your unique eye anatomy and surgical goals, she will recommend a treatment protocol that is tailored to satisfy your needs.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Belmont and determine your LASIK eligibility, please contact Belmont Eye Center by calling (212) 486-2020.