“Am I too old to have LASIK?” “Will I have 20/20 Vision?” Dr. Jay C. Grochmal talks about some of the most common questions regarding LASIK surgery.
Baltimore – Dr. Jay C. Grochmal, a Baltimore Ophthalmologist, has performed thousands of LASIK procedures. The laser vision correction treatment is one of the most popular options available for patients who want to reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. LASIK is designed to reshape the cornea of the eye so that it better refracts light, helping to improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Dr. Grochmal says individuals who are considering the procedure typically have – and should have – lots of questions about what it can specifically do for them.
One of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK, Dr. Grochmal says, comes from those who believe they may be “too old” for LASIK. The ophthalmologist advises that, while the 20s and 30s are usually the best age ranges for the procedure, LASIK can be effective for patients in their 80s as well. While LASIK is not often advisable for some patients in their 50s and 60s due to the potential for cataracts, the procedure can still be very effective after cataract surgery in order to enhance visual acuity. He notes that many patients in their 70s and 80s have had very successful LASIK procedures.
Another common issue patients ask about involves the actual technique that will be used, says Dr. Grochmal. He notes that IntraLase™, a LASIK technique that does not require the use of a surgical blade to reshape the cornea, is a very popular option at his practice and is often very helpful with putting anxious patients at ease. He says this option also offers the surgeon very precise control when performing the LASIK procedure, and it’s the technique he uses most at Grochmal Eye Center.
Dr. Grochmal says one of the top questions patients ask is: “Will I have 20/20 vision after LASIK?” He notes that, while many patients experience significant improvement in vision for many years after LASIK, the exact results will depend on the individual patient and factors such as the severity of their current prescription, their age, and other considerations. However, he says, one of the great things about LASIK is how effective the procedure has been for millions across the world with helping them reduce and even eliminate reliance on corrective eyewear. Dr. Grochmal emphasizes that some of the most important things a prospective LASIK patient can do to increase their chances of attaining the best possible results are: look for an experienced and skilled LASIK surgeon; be wary of “discount centers” and practices that may not be focused on both pre- and post-surgical care; and never be afraid to ask questions and really look for a doctor whom you feel comfortable with.
About Dr. Jay C. Grochmal
Dr. Jay C. Grochmal is a board-certified ophthalmologist and the founder of Grochmal Eye Center. The practice has been serving the Baltimore and Ellicott City area for more than 35 years. Dr. Grochmal is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has privileges at a number of Baltimore area hospitals. In addition to laser vision correction and implantable contact lenses, Grochmal Eye Center offers procedures for the treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other eye conditions. Dr. Grochmal is available for interview upon request.
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405 Frederick Rd
Baltimore, MD 21228