Redding Ophthalmologist Discusses Candidacy for LASIK Surgery
Michael Sumsion, MD of Riverside EyeCare Professionals highlights various qualifications that typically make one a good candidate for LASIK surgery.
Redding, CA — For decades, LASIK surgery has proved to be an excellent option for many individuals seeking to enhance the quality of their vision while decreasing or even eliminating their dependence on corrective eyewear, states Dr. Michael Sumsion, a LASIK and cataract surgeon in Redding, CA. In fact, he says this popular refractive laser surgery has significantly improved conditions such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness for numerous patients at Riverside EyeCare Professionals, often helping them achieve 20/20 vision.
Thanks to continual advancements in the treatment methods, technology, and overall safety of LASIK surgery, Dr. Sumsion notes that more people than ever are now qualified for the innovative vision correction procedure. Ideal candidates for LASIK typically include:
- Individuals who are 18 and older
- Patients whose vision prescription has remained unchanged for at least a year
- People who do not have glaucoma, cataracts, or other eye diseases
- Those who have ample corneal thickness
Following surgery – which involves careful reshaping of the cornea via precision laser energy – Dr. Sumsion explains that some temporary blurry vision, light sensitivity, and excessive watering of the eyes may be possible side effects. For this reason, he says patients may need to take the rest of the day off from work and/or other normal activities, which should also be factored into determining candidacy.
Ultimately, for individuals interested in LASIK surgery, Dr. Sumsion emphasizes the importance of seeking a qualified eye surgeon who has considerable experience in performing the operation with successful results. “Though LASIK surgery can markedly improve visual acuteness for many people, not everyone is a good candidate. By consulting with a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist who offers a full range of eye care services, you can find out if LASIK is right for you, or if alternatives such as PRK and refractive lens exchange may be better suited to safely and effectively address your needs.”
About Michael Sumsion, MD
Dr. Sumsion is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist who has served the Redding, CA community for more than 20 years. After earning his medical degree from the University of Utah Medical School, he went on to complete his residency in Ophthalmology at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. At Riverside EyeCare Professionals, Dr. Sumsion offers an expansive array of treatments and services ranging from LASIK and cataract surgery to PRK, refractive lens exchange, and corneal transplants. He remains at the forefront of innovation in the eye care industry by maintaining active membership in the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and other esteemed medical organizations.
For more information, visit recp-eyemd.com. Dr. Sumsion is available for interview upon request.
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2801 Park Marina Drive
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