LASIK surgery is a type of refractive eye surgery that can treat degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. An extremely popular vision correction surgery, LASIK reduces the need for glasses or contacts.
However, LASIK is not for everyone. It’s important to speak with a board-certified ophthalmologist to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery.
In order to be a good candidate for LASIK surgery, you (and your eyes) must meet certain criteria. While there are exceptions, most good LASIK candidates meet the following guidelines:
Age: All candidates must be at least 18 years old. Usually those under 18 do not have a stable enough prescription as refractive errors rarely stabilize before adulthood.
Overall Health: Candidates must be in good overall health and should not have autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, or are taking medication that could compromise their immune system. Candidates should also talk to their doctor about any back problems, previous surgeries and claustrophobia.
Eye Health: Candidates should not have a history of keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts or corneal disease. They must also demonstrate stable vision for one year before undergoing surgery and not suffer from dry eye. Candidates should also discuss other eye problems such as lazy eye and strabismus with their doctor.
Pregnancy: Candidates must not be pregnant or nursing when undergoing LASIK. Hormones caused by pregnancy and nursing can affect the stability of refractive errors and cause visual acuteness.
Before undergoing LASIK laser eye surgery, you should also ask yourself the following questions:
Not sure if you’re a good candidate for LASIK? Schedule a complimentary LASIK consultation at our laser eye surgery practice in Raleigh, NC. Our board-certified ophthalmologist will evaluate your vision and walk you through the LASIK process. Call us today at 919-256-2500 or send us a message!