LASIK Candidates

A Good LASIK Candidate

Not everyone is a perfect patient for LASIK or PRK. It is important to consult with a qualified laser correction surgeon to determine your candidacy. To get started, fill out our self-test questionnaire below!

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Traits of a Good LASIK Candidate

It is important for all patients to be screened by an eye care professional before any type of refractive procedure. Some important characteristics of a good LASIK patient include:

  • Proper age – Patients must be at least 18 years old for nearsightedness correction and at least 21 years old for farsightedness and astigmatism correction
  • Visual stability – Vision and corrective prescription must remain stable for one year before LASIK or other laser vision correction procedure
  • Corneal shape – Patients must have the correct corneal curvature
  • Healthy eyes – A thorough eye examination must determine that, other than the refractive error, the patient’s eyes are healthy
  • Ability to heal – Patients with any condition that could hinder proper healing are not eligible
  • Not be Pregnant or nursing
  • Not have a degenerative or autoimmune disease
  • Not show signs of keratoconus (degenerative eye disease)
  • Not suffer from ocular herpes (herpes of the eye)
  • Not have connective tissue disease or severe atopic disease

Take the Vision Correction Candidate Self Test