Most people who wear glasses or contacts to see clearly at distance are usually LASIK candidates. But, there are a number of general guidelines we consider when we schedule and perform your LASIK consultation. Here are a few of these guidelines:
- You must be at least 18 years
of age. Growth spurts can change the way children see, so it is best to
wait until they reach adulthood.
- It is helpful to have a stable
prescription so that the best-corrected vision can be achieved for you
with your LASIK procedure.
- You should not have any health
issues or prior diseases that could affect the healing process. In
particular, connective tissue diseases, collagen vascular diseases,
autoimmune diseases, or immunodeficiency conditions could make you a poor
candidate. Some examples include certain types of Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Lupus Erythematosis, and HIV.
- A previous history of
eye infections such as Herpes Zoster or Herpes Simplex may also
make you a poor candidate and preclude you from having laser vision correction.
- Any signs of corneal problems
such as a particularly thin cornea,
irregular astigmatism, keratoconus or other corneal irregularities would
probably eliminate you as a LASIK candidate. Also, having previously taken
or current use of Accutane (Isoretinoin) for certain skin conditions may
exclude you as a LASIK candidate.
- Consider your lifestyle! Think
about how LASIK can change your life. For most people, having their vision
corrected is quite a positive milestone in their lives. The decision to
undergo laser vision correction is an extremely personal one. You must
think about the things that you enjoy doing-such as outdoor activities,
sports, occupation-and your reasons for having the procedure. We can help
you weigh the pros and cons and this can help you set realistic goals and
expectations for LASIK.
- Reading glasses are not
correctable by any form of laser vision correction at this time, so if you
primarily wear glasses or contacts for reading only, you might not be a
- If you are pregnant, expecting
to become pregnant in the near future, or nursing, it is not likely
that you would be a good LASIK candidate.