Am I a LASIK or Laser Vision Correction Candidate?
A thorough preoperative exam and consultation with a board-certified ophthalmologist is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK and laser vision correction surgery. The initial pre-operative eye exam will measure the curvature of the eye, and check corneal thickness, pupil size, tear production, and stability of the refractive error. All of these factors are taken into consideration when determining if a patient is a candidate for laser eye surgery as well as which procedure is best for their individual case. Patients should use this opportunity to ask questions and discuss any lifestyle changes they need to make during their recovery period.
It is likely you are an excellent candidate for the LASIK procedure or laser vision correction if you meet the following conditions:
- Being at least 18 years of age and having a refractive error
- Having healthy eyes that are free of eye disease or corneal abnormality (scars, infection, abnormal thinning, etc)
- Having a stable eye prescription (with documented evidence that your refraction did not change by more than 0.50 to 1.0 diopter during the year prior to your preoperative examination)
- Being informed of LASIK risks and benefits as compared to other available treatments for refractive error
- Being able to lie flat without difficulty
- Being able to tolerate topical anesthesia
- Willingness to sign an informed consent form as provided by your eye care professional
- Being able to maintain eye fixation accurately throughout the laser procedure
- Not being pregnant or nursing