In the springtime, interest in LASIK surgery typically spikes. With the new growth of spring comes an increase of pollen and other eye irritants. For contact wearers, springtime allergies can make it difficult to wear the lenses. If you suffer from eye allergies, you may wonder if LASIK is right for you. You long for the freedom that laser eye surgery can provide, but you wonder if it is safe to undergo the treatment. In many cases, eye allergies will not preclude you from LASIK. At Chicago Cornea Consultants™l Consultants, Ltd., we will evaluate your eye health and determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure.
An Intro to LASIK
LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. This elective procedure has an astonishing 96 percent success rate, and most patients enjoy 20/20 vision or better following their surgery. Your doctor will first create a thin flap in your cornea. Then he will use a computer-guided excimer laser to reshape your cornea. As he removes small amounts of tissue, he will correct the way that light refracts in your eye so it focuses correctly on your retina. When the procedure is complete, he will place the flap back down on your eye. The tissues will quickly heal on their own.
Allergies vs. Dry Eye
Eye allergies can manifest themselves in several ways. Some of the most common symptoms of eye allergies include:
If you suffer from any of these side effects, you are likely a good candidate for LASIK. Your doctor will also consider your overall health and the shape of your cornea before he makes a final decision regarding your candidacy. On the other hand, if you suffer from dry eyes, whether from allergies or another cause, LASIK may not be a good solution. Dry eye is one of the most common risks of laser eye surgery. The side effect is usually temporary. However, if you already suffer from the condition, you are more likely to experience permanent dry eye. In this case, eye drops or another treatment may be a better way to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
LASIK Can Actually Improve the Symptoms of Eye Allergies
If you do qualify for LASIK, you could enjoy reduced allergy symptoms, as well as improved vision. Laser eye surgery can reduce or eliminate your need for corrective lenses. Since contact lenses can seriously exacerbate allergy symptoms, you will also enjoy freedom from itchy, uncomfortable eyes. Additionally, you can enjoy an improved appearance. Like many patients, you may wear your glasses more often in the springtime as you attempt to control your allergy symptoms. Following LASIK, you will likely enjoy clear vision without bulky frames and lenses.
Find Out If LASIK Is Right for You
LASIK can be performed on patients with eye allergies, but you may not be a good candidate if you suffer from dry eyes. Contact Chicago Cornea Consultants™, Ltd. to book an evaluation and find out if LASIK is right for you.