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PRK or LASIK eye surgery can be an effective way to improve your vision, and there are many reasons you might choose to have this surgery. However, before deciding whether PRK or LASIK surgery is ideal for you, it’s important that you speak with your eye doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment.


Glasses and contacts can be a hassle to deal with, and could actually hinder you from participating in activities you enjoy. If you have grown tired of wiping your glasses, carrying glasses and contacts with you when traveling, and caring for contact lenses, you may want to choose PRK or LASIK surgery, which can improve your vision and eliminate the need for wearing glasses and contacts.

Refractive surgery is a great option for many people, but there are some situations that may prevent you from having laser vision correction surgery. Have a detailed conversation with your eye doctor so he or she can evaluate your individual needs.


Here are a few questions to take into consideration before deciding to have PRK or LASIK surgery:

  • How long has your vision been stable? It is not uncommon to have minor changes in your prescription from year to year, but your eyesight needs to be fairly stable before you are considered a good candidate for refractive surgery. Your eye doctor can monitor changes in your eyesight to help you determine the best time to have this surgery.
  • Are you willing to accept the potential risk of surgical complications? Most people have PRK or LASIK eye surgery without any complications or problems, although there is a risk of complications any time a surgery is performed. This procedure is very safe, but you should still talk about potential risks with your doctor.
  • Are you free of eye diseases? Certain eye conditions may limit you from having PRK or LASIK eye surgery. For example, if you have optic nerve diseases, corneal disease, cataracts, glaucoma, or keratoconus, then you might not be a good candidate for the surgery.
  • Do you have any autoimmune diseases? Certain autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus could indicate that you shouldn’t have PRK or LASIK surgery.
  • Are you pregnant or nursing? Women who are pregnant or nursing should wait to have PRK or LASIK eye surgery. Hormonal fluctuations might impact the stability of your vision, so it is best to have PRK or LASIK surgery at least six months before becoming pregnant, or more than three months after you are done nursing.

Have you been considering LASIK or PRK surgery? Call Silverstein Eye Centers today to make an appointment for an eye exam.

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