Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK?

You’ve done a lot of research on LASIK and you like the idea of improving your vision in a matter of minutes. There’s one thing that is keeping you from getting too excited, though. You aren’t sure if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. The best candidates have some qualities in common. If you have these qualities, schedule an appointment for an exam so you can get the final approval.

Good Overall Health

LASIK might be eye surgery, but your surgeon will look at your overall health before approving you for the procedure. Uncontrolled diabetes, collagen vascular disease, and autoimmune disorders generally disqualify people from getting LASIK. In addition, if your immune response is compromised in any way, you likely won’t get approved.

Healthy Eyes

Next, your surgeon will look at your eye health. If you suffer from an eye disease or condition, you might not be able to qualify for the surgery. Certain injuries and infections can also prevent you from getting the surgery. In addition, your surgeon will determine if you have chronic dry eyes, since dry eyes and LASIK don’t mix.

Not Pregnant or Nursing

Hormonal changes impact visual acuteness. If you are pregnant or nursing, you won’t be able to get LASIK right now. Three menstrual cycles need to pass after you give birth or finish nursing. At that point, you can make an appointment and determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery.

Stable Vision

If your vision is still changing, you shouldn’t get LASIK yet. Instead, the surgeon will want your vision to be stable for a minimum of a year before performing LASIK. It is easy to tell if you have stable vision. If your prescription has remained the same for the last year, your vision is stable.

Normal-Sized Pupils

The best candidates have normal-sized pupils. Those with large pupils can expect additional side effects such as starbursts and halos after the surgery. You can’t simply look in the mirror and determine if your pupils are too big for surgery. Your surgeon will measure your pupils and then talk to you about how the size will impact the surgery. If your pupils are large, you might want to consider other treatment options.

18 or Older

If your child has vision problems, you might want to get him or her LASIK. However, surgeons won’t perform this procedure on people until they are at least 18 years of age. Let your child’s eyes continue to grow and mature before seeking out LASIK surgery. Then, when he or she finally gets the treatment, it will be much more effective.

While these qualities give you a good idea if you qualify for surgery, it is still a good idea to undergo an exam. Let one of our eye doctors look at your eyes so you can decide if LASIK is right for you. Schedule an appointment at our office so you will be one step closer to sharpening your eyesight.

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