What Makes Someone a Good LASIK Eye Surgery Candidate?

Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

Are you a good LASIK eye surgery candidate? Here are some preliminary considerations that you will want to know about yourself.  But, the only true way to know if you’re a candidate for LASIK is to schedule a free evaluation with our experienced team of eye doctors.  Call The LASIK Vision Institute today!

LASIK Candidate:  Eye Health and Prescription

First, eye health and your vision prescription are important. You might be a good LASIK eye surgery candidate if:

  • Your eyes are healthy but you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism.
  • Your prescription for glasses or contact lenses has not changed significantly for at least one year.
  • Your general eye health is good and you do not have any condition that could have a negative impact on the surgery or healing process, such as eye infections, dry eyes, lazy eye, or other active eye diseases.
  • Individual eye characteristics, such as dry eyes or the thickness of your cornea may also impact on whether you are a good LASIK candidate.

LASIK Candidate:  Age and General Health

To be a candidate for laser eye surgery, you must be at least 18 years old. You must also be in good overall health. Medical conditions that can affect vision, blood pressure, or healing process may be red flags for a LASIK candidate.

  • You should not be pregnant or nursing because hormonal changes can cause your vision prescription to fluctuate. Also, there are medications used before and after surgery that you would want to avoid.
  • Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes may affect the body’s natural healing responses. However, individual reactions and risks vary, so have a thorough and candid discussion with your eye care professional before making your decision.
  • Before scheduling a LASIK procedure, tell your LASIK specialist about any medication (prescribed or other) you are taking or have taken in the past year.

LASIK Candidate:  Other Considerations

Schedule:  If you are planning a special life event, sporting activity, or travel, be aware of preparation and recovery requirements. You’ll need time for the healing process and will need to be available for follow-up visits. There will also be temporary activity restrictions that could alter your plans.

Contact Lenses:  If you wear contacts, you will not be able to wear them for a period of time before surgery because contacts can change the natural shape of your cornea and may affect surgical outcome. Your eye doctor will give you specific instructions.

Cost:  Because LASIK is an elective surgery, there are many different payment options to explore for the cost of LASIK.

For More Information

The guidelines above are intended only as a general overview. Everyone’s eyes, health, and lifestyle are unique, and there are many variables to be considered. A thorough evaluation and discussion with a qualified LASIK specialist is required before deciding whether you are a laser eye surgery candidate.

Schedule your FREE evaluation today and understand if you’re a good LASIK candidate!