If you have made the decision to undergo LASIK laser vision correction surgery, you may be anxious to schedule your procedure as soon as possible. Millions of patients have benefited from LASIK, but there are times when LASIK may have to wait.
During Pregnancy – Due to hormone fluctuations that occur during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, a woman’s vision prescription may change. It is believed that the hormone changes cause a swelling of the lens which can alter the patient’s degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The hormone changes that occur start in the preliminary stages of pregnancy and continue until a couple of months after breastfeeding has ceased. To achieve the best possible vision correction results, patients should consider LASIK surgery two to six months after breastfeeding has stopped.
When Your Eyes Are Still Changing – For many, LASIK is a possibility as young as 18 years of age, but for some, their vision may fluctuate into their early twenties as hormonal changes continue until their body is done growing. It is pointless to undergo LASIK if your eyes are still changing because you will most likely require more surgery. If you’re over 18 years of age and your prescription has been stable for about a year, you should be able to consider LASIK.
If You Have an Untreated Eye Disorder or Health Condition – If you have untreated eye conditions such as dry eye or uncontrolled health disorders such as diabetes, LASIK may need to wait until those issues have been dealt with and they are treated and/or under control.
The best way to know if LASIK is a good option is to be seen for a consultation with a reputable LASIK surgeon such as our doctors in Virginia Beach. Contact Tidewater Eye Centers at 757-483-0400 or tidewatereye.com to schedule a consultation today.