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Are You A LASIK Candidate?

Determining your candidacy is the first step to overall better vision with LASIK eye surgery. Not everyone is a candidate for laser eye surgery so a careful diagnosis based on a variety of eye health factors is required to determine actual LASIK candidacy. In general surgeons require that a patient have stabilized vision before considering eye surgery. Most practices require that qualified candidates be at least 18 years old, and in decent health. It is vital that a potential laser eye surgery candidate possess a stable prescription for at least one year. Corneal thickness will be of critical importance in this pre-operative evaluation. Patients will need to have a healthy cornea with plenty of thickness and no signs of diseases such as keratoconus. If your prescription is outside the treatable range for LASIK you will not be a candidate. Patients with high myopia may choose to consider alternative eye procedures such as the implantable intraocular lenses. Presbyopia is not a treatable problem with LASIK, so if patients require bifocals they may also want to seek another procedure.

It is critical that LASIK candidates are well educated on the benefits and risks of this surgery. The importance of a thorough examination by a qualified, respectable LASIK surgeon cannot be underestimated. Additionally, it is important to maintain realistic expectations regarding your possible LASIK outcome. During the pre-operative screen the following issues with assist with determining candidacy.

Some Criteria for LASIK investigation in Pre-Operative Eye Exam:

  • Patients must be within the treatable range and the prescription must be of certain strength to see clearly. Visual strength must meet FDA-approved guidelines.
  • Age requirement - Patients must be at least 18 years old
  • Patients should not be taking any medications
  • Realistic expectations
  • Stable vision is required to qualify for LASIK candidacy
  • Healthy retina, and eye pressure required (no retinal detachments, or glaucoma)
  • Acceptable and sufficient corneal thickness.
  • No major eye diseases.
  • Pregnant women or women nursing so wait for this surgery.
  • No herpes infection of the eye.

In order to determine if you are eligible for laser surgery, you must have a consultation. Please contact a LASIK surgeon in this directory if you have questions or wish to schedule an appointment for consultation or a FREE LASIK screening.

The importance of realistic expectations after LASIK eye surgery.

It is important to have realistic expectations because LASIK is surgery and there are risks. Many LASIK patients do just fine and end up with great vision. LASIK results are very good. In 98% of LASIK cases the visual outcome is 20/40 or better, however, this is still a surgical procedure. This is why selecting an ophthalmologist with a lot of LASIK experience is important. You should feel confident in your surgeon’s ability to correct your vision. If you need help finding a surgeon please feel free to use this LASIK doctor directory website to locate a doctor of your choice and in your regional area.

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