Understanding LASIK Prescription Limits and Your Treatment Options

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by Dougherty Laser Vision

Many people with vision prescriptions wonder if this will render them ineligible for LASIK procedures. What follows is more information that reveals and clarifies some misconceptions and provides more information about your options.

Options for People with Low Prescriptions

Those with low prescriptions often assume they can’t get LASIK, but a low prescription (measured in diopters) doesn’t render you ineligible. In fact, if your prescription is low, it’s up to you whether or not you get LASIK.

For example, if you wear contacts or glasses and don’t want them anymore, LASIK can correct refractive errors in the eye. If you’re satisfied with your current visual acuity and don’t wear glasses or contacts, then no surgery is needed.

Do I Qualify for LASIK?

If you want to improve your quality of life, make it easier to perform daily tasks and finally be freed from wearing glasses or contact lenses, LASIK eye surgery may be an option for you.

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The only way to know if you’re an ideal candidate is to get evaluated by a board-certified ophthalmologist. This is because some medical conditions can cause side effects that interfere with healing from laser eye surgery.

Remember, even if you’re not within a treatable range for LASIK, there are other options. We are the office staff of local LASIK surgeon Dr. Paul Dougherty, and he has performed over 30,000 procedures at Dougherty Laser Vision.

When you schedule your free consultation with him, he will conduct a thorough review of your health and medical information, followed by a comprehensive eye examination to reveal the best vision correction option for you. To get started, just call our eye center at (805) 987-5300 today.