LASIK is only successful when a patient meets specific criteria. While most people with vision problems are candidates for laser eye surgery, not everyone may qualify. The best way to see if you are a candidate is to meet with a surgeon and review the criteria checklist.
What Qualifies You as a Candidate?
The effectiveness of laser eye surgery depends on the health and condition of the patient. Some things that may qualify you for laser eye surgery include:
You must have healthy eyes. Some conditions of the eyes may make it difficult for your eyes to heal properly; therefore, you will need to treat these conditions before surgery. Conditions can include an infection of the eye, injury to the eye, severe dry eyes or conjunctivitis (pink eye).
You Have Thick Corneas
Refractive surgery involves reshaping the cornea; therefore, you need a sufficient amount of thickness to your existing cornea. Too thin or irregularly shaped surfaces can affect the results and even worsen your vision.
Pupils that are overly large (larger than natural) may increase the risk of glares, starbursts and halos, especially while driving at night.
Your existing prescription for glasses or contacts must be within a specific limit. Prescriptions that are too severe may disqualify you for laser eye surgery. A surgeon can review your prescription history and see if your prescription is too high for surgery.
It is best if you are over the age of 18 before going through laser eye surgery, because your eyes are still developing.
Eye Vision Stability
Surgeons will want to make sure your vision has not rapidly changed over the past few years and especially within a 12 month period. If you had drastic changes in vision, it may disqualify you.
It is not just your eyes that need to be healthy; your body does too. If you suffer from uncontrollable autoimmune diseases, you may not qualify for surgery, because your body is unable to heal properly.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should delay surgery until afterwards. This is because hormones can change your vision and actually alter the effects of laser eye surgery.
Laser eye surgery can correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness and even astigmatism permanently. To make sure you are a candidate, meet with a skilled laser eye surgeon from Optilase today.