While laser eye surgery can be a one-stop shop for many patients, LASIK is not one size fits all. You may think because you require prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses that you are automatically a good candidate for LASIK surgery. But first things first, only ophthalmologists who are specialists in refractive eye surgery can determine whether a patient is eligible for vision correction and then by what means they will use to accomplish a patient’s vision goals. Sometimes it is a matter of what procedure will suit you best. Other factors will determine if LASIK is the right choice for you.
Ideal candidates for LASIK include those who are at least 18 years of age, those who are in general good health, and those who have maintained a stable prescription for at least one year. Prescriptions within the FDA-approved treatment parameters are as follows: up to +6.00 diopters of hyperopia, up to 6 diopters of astigmatism, and up to -12.00 of nearsightedness. Who is not a good candidate for LASIK? Those who do not meet the basic criteria listed above will automatically not make a good candidate for LASIK. Being underage, in poor health or having changes to your prescriptions will preclude you from undergoing LASIK surgery. In addition, having LASIK just before or after pregnancy is not recommended. Hormone fluctuations and the possibility of fluid retention can not only change vision but can also lead to dry eyes. Those with dry eye syndrome are usually disqualified from receiving LASIK. Dry eyes can delay proper healing and LASIK can worsen dry eye symptoms. Dry eyes can also increase the likelihood of cornea scarring after LASIK. Certain prescription drugs, such as corticosteroids and acne medications, can interfere with LASIK results as well. Conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes or autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis can impact a patient’s ability to receive LASIK with success.
Patients with extreme levels of myopia and corneal thinning, also known as keratoconus, may not be considered good LASIK candidates. LASIK improves vision by reshaping the cornea, the surface of the eye that helps focus light to create an image on the retina. If the cornea is too thin or misshapen, there may not be the required amount of tissue necessary to achieve the desired amount of correction to your vision.
To learn more about if LASIK is right for you, schedule a consultation with Inland Eye LASIK. We want to help select the right procedure for you that will lead to clear vision and visual freedom with permanent results.