The quick answer to this question is MAYBE. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. There are some factors or situations that may disqualify you from having LASIK eye surgery. For those patients who cannot safely have LASIK performed, the good news is they might be able to have a different surgical procedure with the same exceptional results.
Is LASIK eye surgery right for you? Let’s review a checklist to find out.
✔Are You Motivated?
It all begins here. Do you have the desire to improve your vision?
The ultimate goal of LASIK eye surgery is to give you the same vision you had while wearing glasses or contacts, or better. This is known as best corrected vision. LASIK will reduce or eliminate your need for lenses with a high rate of success and with few complications. It is an extremely safe and effective way to improve vision.
Although safe, there are still risks associated with any surgery, so are you motivated enough to balance the risks with the benefits?
✔Have You Had A LASIK Evaluation?
Once you are motivated enough to proceed, the next step is to have a thorough LASIK consultation with an experienced LASIK coordinator and surgeon. This is the only way to find out if LASIK eye surgery is truly right for you. Our doctors and staff will perform a series of tests and carefully review them with you.
A good LASIK candidate will:
✔Have Healthy Eyes
Not everyone is a candidate, so you must be free from certain eye diseases or anything that would interfere with your ability to heal. Any eye infections would need to be treated prior to surgery.
✔Have Adequate Corneal Thickness
The depth of your cornea will be measured, and if there is insufficient corneal tissue to perform LASIK, our doctors may recommend another surgical procedure like PRK or Visian ICL with equally excellent results.
✔Be the Right Age
Patients with nearsightedness must be at least 18 years old, and you must be 21 to correct farsightedness and astigmatism.
✔Have a Stable Prescription
Your prescription must have remained stable for at least one year before having LASIK.
✔Be in Generally Good Health
Some disqualifiers include:
- Being pregnant or nursing
- Autoimmune diseases
Once the doctor confirms that you would be a good candidate, the decision is now yours. Are you ready to live a lens-free lifestyle? If so, contact us where many of our patients consider us the best LASIK center in San Antonio, South Texas Eye Institute. Here you will find expert care, the latest technology and the most experienced doctors.
If you are motivated to improve your vision, don’t wait another day.
and we will put you on the road to better vision.