Do you wear glasses or contact lenses but constantly imagine what your life would be like with 20/20 vision? Clearer vision is possible with LASIK, the most popular laser vision correction procedure used to treat myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. LASIK reshapes the cornea to enable light to enter the eye so it can be properly focused onto the retina, improving vision. Thanks to LASIK, millions of individuals have been able to enjoy better vision with less dependency on prescription eyewear.
Truthfully, not everyone is a candidate for LASIK. Here, Metrolina Eye Associates breaks down the basics of what makes a good LASIK candidate.
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age. LASIK is not recommended for individuals under the age of 18 because the eyes may still be developing and vision may not stabilize until an individual reaches early adulthood.
Nursing and Pregnancy
Similarly, pregnant and nursing women are not candidates for LASIK because the hormones associated with both can lead to unstable vision.
LASIK also requires good eye health. Ideal candidates must be free of eye diseases and injuries, which could impair an individual’s ability to heal well after LASIK. In addition, if you suffer from chronic dry eye, you may not be a good candidate for LASIK, as the procedure could worsen the condition.
If you have an autoimmune disorder or diabetes, you are likely not a good candidate for LASIK. Before recommending LASIK, our team will evaluate your complete medical history, including health conditions and medications you are currently taking that could affect proper healing.
Stable Vision Prescription
Candidates for LASIK should have a stable vision prescription for at least one year prior to having surgery.
LASIK involves creating a flap on the cornea to access the underlying corneal layers that need to be reshaped to improve vision. Candidates’ corneas must be thick enough to withstand the creation of the flap. Corneal thickness is measured by one of our eye doctors during an in-depth evaluation.
What If You Are Not a Candidate for LASIK?
Metrolina Eye Associates believes everyone deserves the gift of perfect vision. If we determine that you are not a suitable candidate for LASIK, we may recommend an alternative procedure such as PRK. One of our board certified LASIK surgeons can discuss all of your options in detail with you after evaluating your prescription, vision health, needs and goals.
To get started on the road to crisper, clearer vision, contact Metrolina Eye Associates and schedule an appointment today.