If you need glasses or contacts to see well, it is likely you have imagined what life would be like to be able to see without them. You have probably thought about LASIK and wondered if you could be a good candidate for the laser vision correction procedure. It is an important question, because LASIK is an elective procedure, not a medical necessity. Patients have the option of glasses or contact lenses, which have their own associated risks. The individual patient has to weigh the inherent risks and benefits to decide how to handle their vision correction needs and if a laser vision correction procedure is right for them. An important deciding factor in choosing laser vision correction is the surgeon’s recommendation, which is based on whether or not a patient is a good candidate, because not everyone who wants a procedure should have it. In fact, on average between 15 and 20 percent of patients are considered ineligible for a procedure like LASIK. While every patient is unique, the following are general guidelines surgeons use in determining if a patient is a candidate for LASIK eye surgery:
Prescriptions within FDA-approved treatment parameters
up to +6.00 diopters of hyperopia,
up to 6 diopters of cylinder/astigmatism
up to -12.00 diopters of nearsightedness
Ocular maturity, prescription stability and eye health
LASIK is FDA-approved for people aged 18 and older who have achieved ocular maturity.
A stable prescription, meaning your prescription hasn’t changed for at least two consecutive years.
It is important for eyes to be generally healthy, free of diseases, injuries and infections.
Certain health issues and medications may interfere with the healing process, making laser vision correction a poor choice. It is important patients share their complete health history […]