Is LASIK Right for You?

LASIK has proven to be a safe and effective vision correction procedure for millions of people worldwide. However, LASIK is not for everyone. An excellent surgical outcome depends on highly credentialed surgical experts, the finest technology available, a knowledgeable staff and thorough pre and post-operative care, along with patient compliance. At Montgomery Eye, we track the outcomes of every patient that has vision correction surgery and will be happy to share those results with you.

Please contact our Montgomery LASIK experts at 334-272-2020 to schedule your free LASIK consultation. Let us help you make an informed decision regarding the vision correction procedure that will best suit your needs.

Which Corrective Eye Surgery Procedure Is Right for You?

As we age, our eyes change and consequently the type of vision correction that is appropriate for someone in their twenties may no longer be the best option for a middle aged or senior patient. Some individuals may not qualify at all for vision correction surgery due to age, clinical issues, hormonal changes or certain diseases. When considering surgery of this type, it is always recommended that you speak with your physician to discuss your expectations in order to determine what type of procedure is best suited for you.

Severe Vision Errors and Corrective Eye Surgery for Older Adults

If you are over 40 or have severe vision problems, there are several options you may wish to discuss with your surgeon.

  • Monovision - With this procedure, LASIK is performed to correct one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision as a solution for presbyopia. However, some people cannot adjust to monovision. We recommend that our patients wear trial contact lenses providing monovision to ensure this procedure is right for you.
  • Refractive Lensectomy with Specialty IOLs - If you choose to have refractive lensectomy (also referred to as clear lens exchange), your eye's natural lens will be replaced permanently with a specialty intraocular lens.

These artificial lenses can potentially restore a full range of vision, but may produce side effects such as decreased depth perception or night vision problems such as glare and halos.

Additionally, you may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses or have a "laser touch-up," because it's possible the lenses will fall short of restoring a full range of vision. Be sure and discuss the pros and cons of this procedure with your surgeon.

Patients over age 40 may require multiple vision correction solutions to achieve the best possible vision.

Currently, there is no single procedure that will offer perfect vision for a lifetime. Just as you probably needed to change out eyeglasses and contact lenses in the past, you may require a LASIK enhancement or other surgical correction as you grow older, to maintain good vision.

Keep in mind that all surgical vision correction procedures come with certain risks that range from mild to severe. It is critical that you discuss the risks and benefits with your Montgomery ophthalmic surgeon before you make any final choices.