Who is an Ideal Candidate for LASIK
Posted By || 11-09-2015
LASIK is very successful when performed on qualified patients. There are several factors to consider when determining whether or not a patient is an ideal candidate for LASIK including age, eye health, and several other factors. Before considering your LASIK surgery, first answer these questions to see if you are a good candidate.
Are you at least 21 years old?
LASIK candidates must be at least 18 years of age but patients that are 21 or over could be a candidate for laser eye surgery to treat moderate to severe nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism, or mild to moderate farsightedness, also with or without astigmatism.
Do you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism?
LASIK surgery is ideal for patients that have a moderate case of any or all of these. A good outcome depends on a comprehensive evaluation of your eyes prior to surgery.
Are your eyes generally healthy?
This means you are free from eye disease or any abnormalities including eye infections or injury. You should make sure your eye doctor is aware of certain eye problems including:
- Corneal Disease
- Retinal and optic nerve diseases
- Herpes simplex and herpes zoster
- A lazy eye
- Strabismus (Muscle imbalance)
- Keloid scarring
- Any recurrent, residual, or active eye conditions that may affect healing
Have you had stable eye vision for the last year?
There should have been no major changes to your vision at least one year prior to your LASIK procedure. Your eye doctor will be able to tell you if your eyes have stabilized which may make you a good candidate for the procedure.
Are you willing to stop wearing contacts for two to four weeks before your LASIK consultation and laser eye surgery procedure?
It is imperative to not wear contact lens two to four weeks prior to your consultation and LASIK surgery. This ensures corneal stability and accurate assessment of your prescription prior to the LASIK surgery procedure since contact lenses can change the shape of the cornea and can affect the outcome of the procedure.
Corneal thickness also plays an important role in determining candidacy for LASIK. Candidates should have a minimum corneal thickness of approximately 0.5 mm. However, this would be determined during your consultation prior to your LASIK surgery.
If you answered yes to all of these questions, you’re ready to schedule your free LASIK consultation to learn more about the procedure and if you qualify for our 20/20 vision guarantee. Contact our office today by calling (888) 495-0977 to set up your free consultation to find out more information.Categories: Blog
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