LASIK can be a great solution for any adult who wants to live life without the hassle of contact lenses and glasses. However, LASIK eye surgery may not be suitable for everyone.
To qualify for the surgery, patients must be at least 18 years old and have had stable eyesight for at least the past two years. Good candidates must also be in good overall health.
Here are some of the factors that can help you see if you’re suitable for LASIK.
If you’re thinking about getting LASIK, it’s important to make sure your vision is stable before undergoing surgery. Typically, a good candidate’s eyesight will have had little to no changes within at least two years. This will help make sure that the procedure provides the long-lasting results you need.
LASIK can correct various degrees of refractive errors for many patients. However, if you have a higher prescription, one procedure may not be enough to sufficiently correct your eyesight—though, Kremer does offer LASIK enhancements through our Lifetime Commitment.
We can also perform Visian ICL and Visian Toric ICL, an innovative procedure ideal for those with high prescriptions.
Your eye health can play a significant role in any vision correction procedure, including LASIK. The healthier your eyes are, the more likely you’ll be suitable for the surgery. With that said, LASIK may not be the best option if you have issues, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or dry eyes. It’s also not recommended for those with eye infections or eye injuries.
During a LASIK procedure, the surgeon uses an advanced bladeless laser to create a flap in the outer layer of the cornea that’s lifted to expose the tissue underneath. From there, a cool-beam laser applies your customized treatment and reshapes the cornea to the appropriate curvature based on your vision correction needs.
Corneal thickness is a vital factor in determining if you’re a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. If you have thin corneas, LASIK may not be ideal. However, there are LASIK alternatives that can help you get the clear eyesight you need.
Contact lenses are known to change the shape of your cornea when they’re worn. Before you have your vision corrected, you’ll meet with the surgeon for a few tests to determine your ideal treatment plan. With that said, it’s best to avoid them for at least two weeks before your LASIK evaluation to make sure you’re getting the most accurate readings for your surgeon to suggest the right treatment option.
LASIK is an effective solution for many patients, but those who will be suitable for the procedure will depend on factors, like age, eye health, and corneal thickness. To see if you’re a good candidate for LASIK, take our LASIK Self-Test or schedule a consultation with the doctors at Kremer Eye Center today.