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If you're nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, LASIK can do for you what nature could not - it can give you clearer vision.
Myopia or nearsightedness is a condition that occurs when the cornea is excessively curved or the eyeball is too long. Light rays cannot reach far enough into the eye and do not focus on the retina as they should. This causes objects that are close to eye to appear in focus clearly, while distant objects appear blurred.
Hyperopia or farsightedness is a condition that occurs when the cornea is not steep enough or the eyeball is too short. Light rays reach too far into the eye, effectively focusing behind the retina. This causes objects near to the eye to appear blurry, while distant objects will appear in focus. Previously, farsighted patients had few options for correction of this condition.
Astigmatism occurs when the cornea of the eye is oblong like a football instead of round like a basketball. This causes an image to focus at multiple points, resulting in blurry or multiple vision.
Traditionally, the treatments for these eyesight conditions have been contacts or eyeglasses. These solutions are only temporary, but LASIK can enhance your vision for life.
Since not all of our patients are candidates for LASIK, we perform a related procedure called Epi-LASIK in order to help them achieve the best possible vision. A precursor to LASIK, the procedure eliminates the flap, allowing for effective treatment for patients with thin corneas and other contraindications.
It’s very important to be sure that you are a good candidate. While it’s important to know how many procedures your surgeon has performed, it’s perhaps more important to ask how many patients your surgeon turns away.
McDonald Eye Associates is conservative and will not recommend LASIK for those it does not feel are good candidates—this is why we perform such thorough pre-operative examinations. The majority of people who want LASIK are candidates, but you should be prepared for the possibility that you may be one of the patients we turn away.
Find out if you’re a candidate. Call 800.262.4405 to schedule a free LASIK consultation.