Is There a Right Time to Get LASIK?

Ophthalmologist & LASIK Surgeon Serving Chicago, Lombard & Naperville areas of Illinois

Posted: October 30, 2018

If you wear glasses or contacts, you know that they can be a hassle. The thought of getting LASIK probably crosses your mind frequently, like when you forget to pack contact lens solution on a trip or you misplace your frames.

Woman scheduling her LASIK procedure at Foulkes VisionLASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and millions of people have received the procedure worldwide. If you’re ready to say goodbye to your corrective lenses, you’re probably asking yourself “Is there a right time to get LASIK?”

Many people at many different stages of life have had successful LASIK surgery performed by Dr. Foulkes. Your candidacy depends on a variety of factors that can only be adequately evaluated during an in-person eye examination. However, there are some ideal times to have LASIK, and there are other times where you may be advised to postpone the surgery.

When Now Might be the Ideal Time to Get LASIK Surgery

You might consider scheduling your LASIK procedure now if you:

  • Want the freedom and convenience that LASIK can offer: Many people notice an improvement in their quality of life after undergoing LASIK. You won’t have to worry about taking contact lenses out before a nap, accidentally breaking your glasses, or struggling to fit sunglasses over your frames.
  • Have a big event coming up: Most people can return to their normal routine a few days after having LASIK. Since there isn’t a lengthy recovery time, you might consider getting LASIK before the next big event on your calendar. Some patients have received LASIK before vacations, weddings, graduations, and other important moments.
  • Want to save money: If you compare the one-time cost of LASIK to the lifetime cost of glasses, contacts, and other accessories and supplies, you might find that eye surgery could save you money.

When You May Have to Consider Postponing LASIK

Several situations could make postponing LASIK advisable, including:

  • If your prescription is not stable: It is important to have stable vision before undergoing LASIK, or you could experience over-correction or under-correction. Dr. Foulkes recommends that patients have had stable vision for 2-3 years.
  • When you have an ongoing and untreated eye condition: You may not be an ideal candidate for LASIK if you currently have eye problems such as dry eyes. In many cases, it is possible to become a good candidate by treating your eye condition. Dr. Foulkes will evaluate the health of your eyes and discuss this consideration with you.
  • When you are pregnant: Pregnancy may cause your vision to change, and you need to have a stable prescription before you can undergo LASIK. If you are pregnant, you will need to wait at least 1-2 menstrual cycles after you have finished breastfeeding before you are a suitable LASIK candidate.
  • If you could start experiencing age-related vision loss soon:  Individuals typically start needing reading glasses for presbyopia in their early to mid-40’s. If you could need reading glasses soon, it may be in your best interest to wait a few years and then consider monovision LASIK. Monovision LASIK can correct refractive vision errors and presbyopia, helping many people avoid the need for reading glasses. Dr. Foulkes will discuss this option with you during your consultation.

Schedule Your Complimentary LASIK Consultation Today

To learn more about LASIK timing, call 224-435-4040 to schedule your free LASIK consultation. At Foulkes Vision, we proudly serve patients in Chicago, Lombard, Downers Grove, and nearby areas of Illinois.