If you have become tired of wearing glasses or contacts, you might be considering LASIK vision correction. The technology has been around for quite a while, and it is only becoming more advanced, effective, and safer than ever before. But is LASIK the right choice for you? Are you a good candidate for the procedure?
Characteristics of LASIK Patient
While the desire for great vision without contacts or glasses is the reason that most people begin to look into LASIK vision correction, not everyone is a candidate for the procedure. Overall, there are some characteristics that qualified patients share:
- Healthy eyes. Patients need to have overall healthy eyes and no underlying conditions that will delay healing. Those who have dry eyes may find that LASIK is not a suitable treatment option for them as it can aggravate this condition. If at the time of the procedure the patient has pink eye, infection or an injury to the eye, the procedure must be delayed.
- Sufficient Corneal Thickness. If you looked into LASIK in the past and you were told that your cornea was not thick enough for the procedure, you may now be a candidate as the surgery has gotten much more precise. Despite advances, if you have very thin or irregular shaped cornea, you may not be a candidate.
- Prescription limits. If you have a strong prescription, your eye surgeon may feel that you are not a candidate for LASIK vision correct.
- Pupil size. Patients who have very large pupils may not be ideal candidates for LASIK as it increases the risk of difficulty with night driving, starbursts in low light, halos and glares.
- For most LASIK procedures you must be at least 18, but others will require you to be 21. Most doctors will not have an upper age limit, but will remind patients that they will likely need reading glasses as they age due to presbyopia.
- Stable prescription. Most doctors will require that you have had a stable prescription for at least 12 months prior to the procedure.
- Good overall health. LASIK patients will be in good health, meaning they do not have uncontrolled autoimmune diseases or degenerative conditions.
Meet With a Doctor to Discuss LASIK Vision Correction
As you can see, there are some very specific requirements or parameters for what makes a good LASIK patient. The best thing to do is find an eye doctor who specializes in LASIK and meet with them to discuss your very specific needs and conditions to determine if you are a candidate.