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The Importance Of Timing: When Should You Get LASIK?

“Timing is everything” is a familiar axiom. Timing is important in relationships, buying stocks or a new home, starting a family, or acquiring the absolute latest technology. Too soon or too late can make all the difference.

When it comes to having LASIK surgery, there are only a few caveats, but ultimately it really comes down to YOU. Are you ready?

Let’s review the importance of timing as it relates to LASIK.

Your Age: How Old Should You Be?

Most surgeons will not perform LASIK unless you are at least 18 years of age. Many consider early- to mid-twenties the optimal time because a patient’s prescription is usually stable by then. Your prescription must be stable for at least one year in order to have LASIK.

How Long Do You Have To Wait To Get LASIK?

Can you walk into a doctor’s office and say, “Give me LASIK today?” You could say it, of course, but it won’t happen. Once you make the decision to have laser vision correction, the first step is to have an evaluation by an experienced LASIK surgeon. That entails a discussion of your lifestyle and goals and a series of eye tests to determine if you can safely have LASIK. What is important is that you and your eyes are healthy enough to have LASIK. South Texas Eye Institute makes your safety our first priority.

If you are pregnant or nursing, you will have to wait a bit to schedule surgery. Other issues like extreme dry eyes or wearing contacts for a very long time may cause you to postpone.

What Time Of The Year Is Best To Have LASIK?

There is really no best or worst season to have LASIK. It depends on your schedule and your desire to rid yourself of glasses or contacts.

If you are planning a vacation or a wedding or attending a class reunion and you wish to enjoy it lens-free, then you simply must allow for a sufficient amount of time for follow-up appointments before your trip. These appointments are needed to be certain you are healing properly.

If you are frustrated wearing your contacts during the allergy seasons of fall or spring, you could plan to have LASIK prior to the worst times of year for you.

Otherwise, any season of the year is good time to have LASIK!

What Day Of The Week Should You Have LASIK?

Our answer: any day is a good day to improve your vision!

Many of our patients prefer a Thursday or Friday. This way they can take the weekend to rest and can go back to work on Monday, depending on the type of procedure performed. Some procedures, like PRK, may take a bit longer to recover and heal from.

Yes, timing is everything, but with LASIK, your decision is the key element.

Once you are ready, South Texas Eye Institute will be here for you.

Is now the right time for you?
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