LASIK is one of the safest and most reliable surgical procedures performed in any field of medicine, with a safety profile and patient satisfaction rate that distinguishes it among even the most minimally invasive elective procedures. With the introduction of IntraLase technology resulting in a blade-free LASIK procedure, as well as wavefront mapping allowing for a truly customized LASIK experience, the surgery has become only safer in recent years.
Nevertheless, in order to ensure the best possible outcome for patients, it is extremely important that skilled and experienced eye surgeons such as Dr. William E. Holcomb carefully screen patients before allowing them to proceed with LASIK.
During LASIK screening appointments at his Madison, WI laser vision correction center, Dr. Holcomb meticulously examines patients to make sure that they are fully qualified to undergo LASIK with minimal risk of complications. If a given patient is not a good candidate for LASIK, he will recommend that the patient undergo an alternative procedure such as PRK. Ultimately, there is nothing more important to Dr. Holcomb than the safety and overall satisfaction of his valued patients.
Are you a good candidate for LASIK? To find out, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. William E. Holcomb at Holcomb Laser Center today.
Your LASIK Screening Appointment
During your LASIK screening appointment, Dr. Holcomb will meet with you to discuss your medical and vision history before performing a comprehensive eye exam. Discussing your medical and vision history will immediately help to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK or, indeed, laser eye surgery in general. There are certain criteria that must be met in order for you to be considered a good candidate for LASIK. For example, you must:
- Have had a stable eyeglass prescription for at least the past year
- Be over the age of 18
- Understand that you may continue to require corrective lenses even after you undergo LASIK (i.e., not all patients who undergo LASIK will achieve freedom from glasses and contact lenses)
- Not have an autoimmune disease
- Have healthy eyes, free from infection and disease
- Be in good enough overall health to undergo a surgical procedure
- Not have chronic dry eye syndrome
During your eye exam, Dr. Holcomb will be making sure that:
- Your corneas are sufficiently thick: You must have sufficient corneal thickness to create a flap in the outermost layer of the cornea. This flap allows Dr. Holcomb to access the underlying corneal tissue that is reshaped during the procedure. While IntraLase technology has made it possible for patients with thinner corneas to undergo LASIK than was possible in the past, patients with extremely thin corneas will still not be able to undergo LASIK.
- Your corneas are not too abnormally shaped: Corneas that are too abnormally shaped may be weaker than corneas with more common shapes, which could lead to complications from surgery.
- Your prescription is not too high: If your eyeglass prescription is extremely high, you may not be able to achieve good results through LASIK due to the need to remove more corneal tissue than would be safe.
- Your pupils are not abnormally large: Patients with large pupils are at higher risk of certain side effects, including haloes, glare, and poor night vision, than patients with normally sized pupils.
Schedule Your LASIK Screening Appointment
To schedule your LASIK screening appointment, contact Holcomb Laser Center today.