Have you been dreaming about ditching the glasses and contacts and undergoing LASIK vision? While the thought of having clear vision without contacts or glasses sounds wonderful, it isn’t always possible for some patients.
Read on to learn about the criteria to be considered a good candidate for laser eye surgery.
- You are at least 18 years old. This is because vision changes in younger people and doesn’t stabilize until they are an adult.
- You have had a stable eyeglass and contact lens prescription for 2-3 years.
- You’ve had stable vision for at least the past year.
- Your cornea needs to be thick enough to accommodate the reshaping that’s done during surgery.
- You are not pregnant or nursing. You should wait at least three months until after you’ve stopped nursing as hormonal fluctuations can affect vision stability.
- You do not have pink eye or dry eye syndrome. You will have to resolve these before getting LASIK.
- You do not have a history of active corneal disease.
- You do not have current or recurring infections.
- You do not have autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis.
- If you have diabetes, it is well managed and under control.
- You do not have eye problems that could affect results or recovery. This includes corneal ulcers, keratoconus, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration or glaucoma.
- You do not take certain medications that could slow or prevent healing.
- You are OK with the fact that you may have to wear glasses under certain circumstances such as driving at night or when reading.
LASIK reshapes the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Patients can expect little to no discomfort, immediate improvement of their vision and the ability to return to work and other activities such as driving as soon as the day after surgery.