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LASIK Eye Surgery: Who Is A Candidate? - Dr. Schwartz

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Dr. Schwartz describes the tests used to determine if a patient is a good candidate for LASIK corrective eye surgery and explains if the procedure can be performed on someone who is both nearsighted and farsighted.

Dr. Schwartz:
There are pre-LASIK surgery tests. We take multiple scans of the surface of the eye. We take measurements of the prescription of the eye. We take pressure readings within the eye. A lot of it is done as just a complete general health check of the eye.

So we are looking for cataract, glaucoma, retinal disease, any issue that might cause the eye to not perform normally, and those things are often followed up with prior to having any LASIK. If indeed let’s say there’s a retinal lesion in the back of the eye, it could be just a freckle back there. My protocol is typically to send off to a retina specialist, have the patient evaluated, make sure everything is normal, before proceeding with an electric procedure like LASIK.

Well the nearsighted and farsighted is kind of a misnomer. What really is going on is it is nearsighted and presbyopic and what that means is, somebody can see far away with glasses on, but then when they have their glasses on or their contacts in they can’t read, and that’s a presbyopia. So the only way to really counter that is to correct one eye for distance and one eye for reading and that’s called monovision and that can be done with LASIK.

About Dr. Jay Schwartz, D.O.:
Dr. Jay L. Schwartz is arguably the most prolific refractive surgeon in the valley. Having performed over 28,000 LASIK surgeries and offering both IntraLASIK and Custom LASIK procedures, it is not hard to see why professional athletes have trusted the Schwartz Laser Eye Center since 2001. Dr. Jay L. Schwartz is the team ophthalmologist for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, world champion Phoenix Mercury and the team LASIK ophthalmologist for the Phoenix Coyotes. The Schwartz Laser Eye Center is also the official LASIK center of the Suns, Coyotes, and Diamondbacks making it easy to see why Schwartz Laser Eye Center is synonymous with professionalism. In fact, Schwartz Laser Center’s doctors spend every spring assisting numerous professional baseball teams preparing for the upcoming year.

Visit Dr. Schwartz at his website

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