Are You A Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery?

Are You A Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery?
Posted on 12/18/2019
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LASIK Eye Surgery can be an excellent option for those whose vision is less than perfect and could use some correction, however, there are certain patient criteria that must be met in order to be a candidate for a successful LASIK eye surgery. LASIK outcomes are almost always favorable although it’s not ideal for everyone. If you are thinking about LASIK eye surgery, let the doctors at Brass Eye Center of Latham and Clifton, NY help you decide if you qualify as a candidate for LASIK eye surgery!

1. Your Eyes Must Be Healthy

If you have any condition which may affect how your eyes respond to surgery or how they may heal afterward, you must wait until that condition is resolved. Examples of such conditions might be an infection, conjunctivitis (pink eye), severe dry eye syndrome, or any type of eye injury.

If you have chronically dry eyes, LASIK may aggravate this condition. Symptoms of this include burning or stinging, a gritty sensation in the eye, reduced tolerance to wind, intermittent blurry vision and in some cases, even excessive tears. If you have some of these symptoms, be sure to discuss them with your ophthalmologist prior to surgery.

Other conditions that may prevent you from being a candidate for LASIK are cataracts and uncontrolled glaucoma.

2. Your Cornea Must Be Sufficiently Thick

Refractive procedures like LASIK improve your visual acuity by reshaping the frontal surface of the eye, or the cornea. However, if your cornea is too thin, or extremely and irregularly misshapen, this could compromise the procedure and further impair your vision.

To find out if your corneas are up to the criteria for LASIK, you can consult an ophthalmologist from the Brass Eye Center team with any questions you may have regarding LASIK and your cornea.

If you are not a candidate, however, keep in mind that there are alternatives to LASIK such as implantable lenses. Be sure to ask any of our doctors any questions that you may have regarding such alternatives.

3. Pupils Must Not Be Too Large

Not many people think that the size of their pupils would matter, however, if your pupils are naturally large, then you could be at an increased risk of side effects from LASIK such as halos, glares, and starbursts in low light. Especially when driving at night.

4. Your Prescription Must Be Within Certain Limits

If you wear prescription glasses and they are very high, perhaps due to nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, your ophthalmologist may advise you against getting LASIK eye surgery.

Results become less predictable when treating those with very high refractive errors and may not be worth the cost and potential risk. Additionally, very high amounts of myopia could require the removal of much more corneal tissue and put you at an increased risk of vision complications.

5. You Must Be Old Enough

Certain procedures may require one to be at least 18 years old, or in other cases, even 21. Patients younger than this can be treated at the discretion of the LASIK eye surgeon, with permission from parent or guardian, of course. However, generally speaking, you must be at least 18.

6. Your Vision Must Be Stable

Teenagers and young adults may often experience changes in their lens prescription from year to year. It’s important for refractive errors to be stable for at least 12 months before going through with LASIK eye surgery or any other refractive surgery.

7. You Must Be In Good Health

Some conditions may make one an ill-suited candidate for LASIK eye surgery. Such conditions include Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, and AIDS, although people with HIV who have good immune cell counts may be candidates for LASIK. As a general rule, if your body has any trouble with healing, you will have a higher risk for unsatisfactory LASIK eye surgery outcomes.

8. Delay Surgery If You Are Pregnant

Simply put, LASIK is not suitable if you are pregnant or nursing. Hormonal changes can alter the shape of your cornea, leading to temporary changes in your vision.

Furthermore, pregnancy can also be a cause of dry eyes, which is just more reason to postpone surgery if you are pregnant.

9. Keep Your Expectations Realistic

While generally, the majority of LASIK eye surgery results are successful, you should be aware of possible side effects, risks, and potential complications before you choose to undergo the procedure.

Be sure to make your ophthalmologist at Brass Eye Center aware of all pertinent information relating to your health and medical history to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact Brass Eye Center Today

If it sounds like you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, then the next step is to contact us and consult with our team about the possibility of undergoing the procedure! We have two offices, conveniently located in Latham and Clifton, NY, and serve all surrounding areas including Albany! Come in for a consultation with a doctor to find out if LASIK eye surgery is right for you!