Few people are lucky enough to have perfect vision naturally. If you’re not among them, you’re likely already doing something to correct your vision. Many people wonder, is there a better option than glasses or contacts? If you haven’t considered LASIK laser eye surgery, you may want to. Read on for symptoms of poor vision that LASIK can correct, so you can think about whether it’s right for you. And if so, you can start to think about, “when can I get LASIK?”
Nearsightedness is also called myopia. Its trademark symptom is an inability to see things that are far away clearly. For example, if you’re nearsighted, you might struggle to read street signs when you’re driving or see faces well when you’re watching TV from across the room. People who are nearsighted often squint in order to try to see things better from a distance and can end up experiencing eye strain as a result.
As you probably guessed, farsightedness is vision that’s opposite that of someone with nearsightedness. Farsightedness is also called hyperopia, and it’s less common than nearsightedness. People with this condition often have blurry vision when looking at up-close items, like words in a book or an image on your computer screen. They also often squint to try to see better and may have headaches after trying to view objects up close.
Is LASIK for me?
If you suffer from nearsightedness or farsightedness, you might be a great candidate for LASIK. Most people with myopia or hyperopia, who have relatively healthy eyes, can be approved for LASIK (although there are some people with extenuating circumstances who should not get LASIK). And while there’s no “best age” to get LASIK, people past 45 years old may be better suited for other vision correction surgery options. Your eye doctor can discuss all your options with you.
Take our short quiz to find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, and for the next steps in booking your consultation.