Doctors from The Eye Center discuss why some patients might want to wait a while.
Columbia, S.C, Sept 15, 2015 – Walking away from a lifetime dependence on glasses or contacts is a big attractor for thousands who seek out laser eye surgery each year. While many people find they are excellent candidates for this highly effective procedure, some are taken aback when a surgeon asks them to wait for a time. There are some very good reasons, however, that surgeons counsel this wait-and-see approach for certain patients.
“Sometimes the wait-and-see approach may involve other factors, but the biggest tends to be patient age,” say the physicians at The Eye Center. “Children, teenagers and those generally under the age of 20 may still have some developing to do before they could enjoy the best possible outcome from corrective eye surgery. Since the goal is to produce perfect or near-perfect vision, waiting sometimes is just the best choice.”
The doctors explain that in younger patients the cornea may still be too “squishy” to hold the desired shape to correct vision. As people age the cornea becomes less elastic, which means the likelihood for success with a laser eye procedure climbs dramatically. Since this type of surgery involves the reshaping of the cornea to correct near- or farsightedness, a firm foundation is critical.
“When an eye surgeon recommends waiting, it might not be a matter of the surgery won’t work ever,” the doctors explain. “Rather, there’s a very good chance that holding tight a year or two could make all the difference in the world.”
People who are considering laser eye surgery are urged to go in for a full evaluation. If the surgeon recommends waiting or cites other reasons to deny eligibility, be sure to ask the whys behind the decision. It may very well be that waiting for a time could change the answer.
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is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Epi-Lasik, Thin Flap Lasik, AST, PRK CK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.