Am I a LASIK Candidate?Author: Dr. William Tullo
July 26, 2013
LASIK candidates exisit in droves, though few people take the time to get a consultation at a local LASIK provider. In fac, millions of people wish to reduce their dependence on eye glasses or contacts, but few take the plunge.
The first step is learning if you're a LASIK candidate.
Am I a LASIK Candidate?
If you're thinking about LASIK, here are a few questions that can help you know if you might be a good laser eye surgery candidate.
Are you at least 18 years old? You must be over 18 to be a LASIK candidate.
Are you at least 21 years old? If yes, you could be a candidate for laser eye surgery to treat moderate to severe nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism, or mild to moderate farsightedness, also with or without astigmatism.
Are your eyes generally healthy? Healthy means free from eye diseases or corneal abnormalities, such as scars or infections.
Can you lie flat without difficulty or discomfort? This is important because laser eye surgery, such as LASIK, will be performed while you’re lying down.
Can you keep your eye accurately fixed on a point of light for one or two minutes? Even though modern lasers track and can keep up with eye movement, laser eye surgery patients need to stare at a particular spot during their procedure to help ensure the best results.
Are you willing to stop wearing contacts for two to four weeks before your LASIK consultation and laser eye surgery procedure? Contact lenses can change the shape of your cornea, thereby affecting the results when an eye doctor determines your candidacy for LASIK. Being out of your contact lenses for as many as four weeks is recommended before you have your LASIK consultation or procedure.
Are you willing to sign an informed consent form as provided by your laser eye surgery provider? Reputable LASIK providers will expect you to sign an informed consent form that makes sure you understand your laser eye surgery procedure and the potential risks associated with it. Give yourself some time to really think about these questions and answer them honestly.
If you’ve answered yes to these questions, you’re ready to schedule a LASIK consultation, where you will learn more about the procedure and whether it’s right for you.