By: fred jones

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Everyone with contacts or glasses has dreamed about someday, just once, being able to swim without contacts or glasses - and enjoy it! To see everything around them and have just as much fun as their friends with perfect vision have. Lasik has made that dream a reality for thousands of people, and it's become very popular. As the technology has matured, safety has increased, and prices have become affordable for more people than ever before. But that doesn't mean Lasik is an instant, slam-dunk decision for everybody. Here are 7 things you should consider before going under the laser.

1) How old are you?

The question of how old you should be before having Lasik done is somewhat unclear. The Food and Drug Administration recommends not having it done until you are at least 18, while many optometrists advise waiting until as old as 25! However, the exact numeric age is actually not the deciding factor. Rather, the important thing is that your eyes have been stable (ie, your prescription has not changed) for at least two years. This ensures that your corneas are fully developed and capable of withstanding a surgical procedure. At a bare minimum, you'll want to check with your eye doctor to make sure this is the case.

2) Have you tried contacts yet?

Eye surgery has come a long way, but like any surgery, it's still risky. If you have worn glasses your entire life, why not give contacts a shot before taking the plunge? Today's soft lenses are so comfortable and convenient that most wearers don't even feel them. Comfort-wise, it's as though they aren't wearing contacts at all. Of course, contact lenses bring new responsibilities into the fray, such as taking them out at night, storing them in saline solution, and replacing them on a timely basis. Still, if you're prepared to get laser surgery on your eyes, it couldn't hurt to give this a try first!

3) Are your glasses or contacts really a pain?

One of the biggest reasons for getting Lasik is the annoyance of caring for and wearing contacts or glasses. While it can no doubt be a pain, some people make it harder than it needs to be. Many contact lens wearers, for example, make life harder on themselves by continuing to wear contacts that have calcium deposits on them, or sleeping in their lenses, both of which can scratch the eyeball. Who knows - with some better eye care, you might find that glasses or contacts aren't as big of a pain as you think!

4) Are you getting the procedure done by a reputable practitioner?

If you've decided to go ahead and get the surgery, great! However, you need to be extremely careful and conscientious in selecting the practitioner. You only get the two eyes you have, and placing them in the care of an inexperienced or incompetent surgeon is beyond foolish. Luckily, finding a skilled, experienced Lasik surgeon isn't very hard work. Simply browse the Internet for positive references and testimonials (preferably from non-commercial sources like Yahoo! Answers or WebMD) or ask friends or relatives who already had it done. Don't take this suggestion lightly, as the right practitioner can make all the difference!

5) What is the expected recovery time of the procedure?

The recovery period after getting Lasik is another important thing to consider. You might not be able to go back to work the same day, or even the same week. Some also claim that you cannot drive in the first few days following the procedure. This is not to discourage you from getting the surgery, of course. The point is just that recovery can take a short while and you should plan for it in deciding whether or when to get Lasik done. As long as you have a few days to devote to recovery, it could be the best decision of your life!

6) Do you have astigmatism?

People with astigmatism are not always eligible to have Lasik done. According to eMedicine, astigmatism is more difficult to correct in spectacles, contact lenses, or surgery than are spherical forms of refractive error." Fortunately, thanks to recent advances, some people with astigmatism can get Lasik done with very positive results. Your optometrist can evaluate the seriousness of your astigmatism and lay out your options for eye surgery, so schedule an appointment!

7) Have you fully considered the risks?

Make no mistake: correctly performed, Lasik surgery can make a great and lasting difference in your quality of life. However, there are risks to consider, such as dry eye syndrome, temporary loss of vision, or the possibility of still needing contacts or glasses after the surgery to achieve 20/20 vision. The likelihood of these risks has certainly gone down in the last five years, but it still pays to be mindful of them in making your decision. Ask your optometrist how likely these risks are in his experience, and whenever possible, ask friends or relatives who've already gotten it done. Eye surgery is definitely a case where it pays to do your homework!

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  1. Anonymous November 26, 2008 at 10:04 PM  

    LASIK eye surgery isn't right for everyone. Your post has discussed all the necessary information before opting for LASIK eye surgery. You need to meet certain requirements before submitting to LASIK eye surgery.
    Thanks for all the details...

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