That’s the most common question we’re asked. The key with laser surgery is matching your goals with what the laser can correct. You should think in terms of functional goals. Maybe you’d like to water ski without contacts, follow the ball while playing golf without your contacts or glasses, read without your glasses. Can we accomplish that with laser-vision correction? It’s functional surgery. It’s not cosmetic. It’s a really great procedure with a very low risk of complications.
The best way to tell if you are a candidate is first to have your comprehensive eye-health vision exam. That tells us 70 percent of what we need to know if you’re a candidate for refractive surgery.
If you wear contacts your prescription is a good place to start. Are you within range of what we can correct? Generally that’s about 1-11 units for laser surgery, and up to 5 units for astigmatism. We can correct certain levels of nearsightedness and farsightedness, and 80-85 percent of people will fall into those categories. You have to be within that range and stable, not changing.
If after a discussion with your Cool Springs or Donelson Eyecare doctor everything looks good for your candidacy then we have you back for the remaining 30 percent of necessary pre-surgical tests. Those tests can determine definitively how safe it is for you to have surgery. We’ll put you on the right medications preoperatively and set up your surgery with the right surgeon and right technique for you.
Not all surgeons and methods are alike. There are 15 or so who do it in Middle Tennessee, but about four who provide the best outcome. How do you know? Come to us and we’ll tell you who’s best. We want you to have surgery once. The point is to give you improved vision and function without complications.