LASIK eye surgery is a safe, effective procedure, and a great fit for many people who wish to improve their vision – and lifestyle. Just as with any surgical procedure, however, it’s important to make sure that LASIK is the right fit for your unique vision needs. Your laser eye surgery specialist will be instrumental in helping you choose the right option for you, but there are some basic standards that apply to determine LASIK candidates. The good news is that even if you don’t qualify as a LASIK candidate, there may be other laser eye surgery options that better suit your needs.
Is LASIK Eye Surgery Right for You? Understanding Your LASIK Candidacy
While there are many factors to your LASIK candidacy, it ultimately comes down to both your eye health and overall health. If you have any questions about your LASIK candidacy, your laser eye surgery evaluation is the perfect time to learn more.
- 18 or Older – This one’s pretty simple, and applies across the board. A LASIK candidate must be 18 years of age or older because it is important to wait until after your eyes have fully developed before having laser eye surgery.
- Corneal Thickness – LASIK addresses vision problems by making microscopic changes to corneal tissue using the excimer laser, and people with thin corneas may not be ideal candidates for LASIK. For people with thin corneas, there are other laser eye surgery options available which may be a better fit.
- Vision Prescription Strength – Your vision prescription plays a role in your LASIK candidacy, but for most people prescription strength won’t cause any issues. People with very strong prescriptions, however, may not qualify for LASIK, but may be candidates for another laser vision corrective procedure.
- Eye Health – Inform your eye doctor of any eye health conditions, diseases, eye infections or eye injuries which could affect whether you are a candidate for LASIK surgery.
- Stable Vision Prescription – In order to have LASIK eye surgery, your vision prescription must be stable for at least one year prior to the procedure. This requirement is standard for laser eye surgery procedures.
- Overall Health – Your overall health plays an important role in the healing process, and health conditions like autoimmune disorders, type 1 diabetes, or degenerative disorders can affect healing. Be sure to discuss any health conditions and medications you take with your LASIK specialist, so you can make an informed decision.
- Pregnancy – If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, your laser eye surgery should wait until you are finished nursing. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can influence the structure of the eye, waiting until after nursing allows your prescription to re-stabilize.
Many people qualify as a candidate for LASIK eye surgery, and if you are considering LASIK, contact us for an evaluation. Our doctors and staff rank among the top LASIK experts in the Grand Strand. We will help you find the best laser eye surgery option for your needs.