Lasik is a type of laser procedure that reshapes the cornea in your eyes to correct your vision. Many people find that they have excellent vision after the procedure and no longer need to wear glasses or contacts. However, before you rush into the procedure, consider these things first.  

There Are Side Effects

While this is a relatively safe procedure, there are also some potential side effects and risks to be aware of. Some risks are true of all surgical procedures, while others are more common with this type of eye surgery. Common side effects include temporary discomfort following the procedure, dry eyes, and undercorrection or overcorrection. It is also possible to get an infection, which is a risk you have for all types of surgical procedures, including those done with a laser. You can reduce your risks by following the eye doctor's aftercare recommendations.

You May Not Have Perfect Vision

It is very common to have vision close to 20/20 vision, though this doesn't mean it will be perfect. Even if you achieve 20/20, which on its own doesn't always happen with Lasik, this doesn't mean your vision is flawless. You may still need your glasses on occasion, such as when reading or while driving at night when you need a little help. It does reduce the necessity to wear eyewear at all times, though it is still a good idea to keep seeing your eye doctor and having contacts or glasses around with your new eye subscription.

It is Not Always Permanent

Another thing you should know about Lasik before your make the plunge is that it isn't always permanent. Your eyes can change internally, even though your retinas have been altered to give you better vision. If your eyes change internally, then your vision will be different, and you might need glasses more often or you may need to get Lasik repeated. This is why children don't get Lasik since their vision is still adjusting.

Not Everyone is a Good Candidate

Aside from anyone under 18 not being a good candidate for Lasik, there are others who should talk to their doctor prior to getting this procedure. For example, you are not eligible if you are currently pregnant or nursing or taking prescription drugs. You should also not get Lasik if you are highly prone to infection, have unstable vision, have dry eye syndrome, or you are not in good general health. For further assistance, contact a local provider, such as Foulkes Vision Institute.