surgery candidate. To add insult to injury, it seems like everyone else around you is having LASIK surgery. While optometrists and ophthalmologists are perfect for evaluating your general eye health, providing annual eye exams, and prescribing glasses and contacts, they are typically not qualified to tell you whether or not you are an ideal LASIK eye surgery candidate.

Here are three reasons you should have a LASIK consultation even if your eye doctor told you that you were not a good LASIK eye surgery candidate:

1. Pentacam® Corneal Mapping

Not all LASIK technology is created equal, so Dr. Mozayeni at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists invests in the best technology available to ensure the best eye care and predictable vision correction results for his patients. The Pentacam is a highly sophisticated (and expensive) piece of equipment that general eye doctors typically do not invest in.

To determine whether or not you are a LASIK eye surgery candidate, corneal mapping is a required step of your LASIK consultation. The Pentacam technology is the best corneal mapping technology to-date. The technology takes 20,000+ images of your cornea in a matter of seconds, then brings the images together to form a map of your cornea, which looks like a topography map. This precise measurement, or ‘mapping’, tells Dr. Mozayeni everything he needs to know about your cornea from how thick or thin it is, where it rises and falls, how steep it is, and if there are any abnormalities that would make you a non-LASIK eye surgery candidate.

2. Eye Doctor Current Knowledge

In the rapidly changing world of medical technology, most general eye doctors do not keep up with the advancements in LASIK surgery. With so many new LASIK improvements, your general eye doctor cannot give you a sound and definitive answer on whether or not you are a LASIK eye surgery candidate if they are not up-to-date on the latest LASIK advancements. Here are a few common misnomers that general eye doctors tell their patients:

  • You cannot have LASIK, because you have astigmatism.
  • You have presbyopia, and LASIK cannot treat presbyopia.
  • You are over the age of 40, so you are too old for LASIK.

Although the above statements were once true, advancements to LASIK technology allow Dr. Mozayeni to provide care to those LASIK eye surgery candidates with farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism!

3. Providing Every Option for LASIK Eye Surgery Candidates

At Providence Eye, Dr. Mozayeni wants to provide his patients with each and every option, and sometimes that may or may not be LASIK surgery. Unfortunately, many general eye doctors feel threatened by LASIK and think they will lose their patients after they receive LASIK treatment. Although your general eye doctor may lose the sale of glasses and contacts, Dr. Mozayeni always encourages his LASIK eye surgery candidates to return to their original eye doctor to receive annual eye exams after completing their LASIK.

We are glad that you and your general eye doctor care about your eye health just as much as we do here at Providence Eye. If you have been told that you are not a LASIK eye surgery candidate or want to find out if LASIK is right for you, we encourage you to take the next step and speak to LASIK expert, Dr. Mozayeni. Reach out to us today to schedule your free LASIK consultation.