A good laser surgery candidate should be 18 years of age, in good general health, be free of corneal diseases, glaucoma, cataracts and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. Candidates should also be free of certain health problems including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease and any medication or condition which renders the patient immunocompromised.
A stable eyeglass prescription for 1-2 years is important in accepting a request for laser surgery. To ensure that the best results are achieved, pregnant or nursing women are not advised to pursue laser surgery until four months after nursing has been discontinued in order to limit fluctuations in prescription that can occur with hormonal shifts. Contact lens wearers should discontinue wearing their lenses approximately 2-4 weeks in advance of laser surgery (this varies from surgeon to surgeon) in order to have the healthiest cornea possible going into the procedure.
Dr. Fydell will normally perform a comprehensive eye exam followed by a pre-op laser exam before submitting the results to your chosen laser surgeon. Most surgeons perform their own one day post op checkup and then refer the patient back to Dr. Fydell for the 1- week, 1- month, 3- month and 6- month post op follow-up.
Laser surgery is a safe procedure and patients are quite often thrilled at the freedom from the distance glasses they have previously required. The two most common types of laser surgery are LASIK and PRK and after a full evaluation of your eyes, Dr. Fydell will recommend the best option for you.