Recent data has confirmed that the complication rate with LASIK eye surgery is less than 1% and rarely do the complications have a significant impact. Also, the risk of eye infections following a LASIK eye surgery is negligible. LASIK eye surgery has come a long way with evolving advances in medical technology and this is why the requirements for LASIK surgery have also become relatively relaxed. However, the procedure is not right for everyone and so, LASIK eye surgery candidates are required to undergo a preoperative eye evaluation to help determine if they are eligible.
While there are many eye defects LASIK can treat effectively, the candidate must meet the following eligibility criteria to experience a positive outcome:
- Your Age
- If you are under 21 years of age, your ophthalmologist may recommend that you wait till your vision stabilizes.
- If you are in your early 40’s, it is important for you to know that you may still need reading glasses at a later stage in your life.
- If you are in your 60’s, your eyes need to be assessed for any pre-existing cataracts that can interfere with the outcome of your LASIK eye surgery.
- If you have cataracts, a corrective surgery might actually work to restore your vision apart from correcting any eye condition that you might have.
- You Don’t Suffer From any Eye Diseases
Potential candidates should not be suffering from any eye diseases including corneal disease, keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, optic nerve diseases and certain retinal diseases. Also, LASIK candidates must exhibit good general eye health and should not be suffering from specific eye conditions like herpes zoster or herpes simplex.
- Your Eyes Have Not Suffered any Injury So Far
Candidates for LASIK should not have suffered any eye injuries or infections.
- Overall Health
A candidate for LASIK must be healthy and free from autoimmune diseases, uncontrolled diabetes, or collagen vascular disease. Also, they should not be undergoing any treatment where they are prescribed any medication that can compromise the immunity of the patient.
- You are Neither Nursing nor Pregnant
LASIK eye surgery candidates should not be pregnant or nursing mothers because the hormonal fluctuations occurring during this stage affect the stability of your prescription. This is why lactating mothers or expecting women don’t qualify for a LASIK procedure until they discontinue nursing and complete at least three menstrual cycles.
- You Have a Stable Vision
Candidates for LASIK eye surgery must have stable vision for at least a year before they can undergo a minimally invasive LASIK procedure.
- You Have Not Been Wearing Contacts Recently
Ophthalmologists recommend that prior to undergoing a LASIK eye surgery, potential candidates must not wear contacts for a specific timeframe which is typically determined by your ophthalmologist depending on your unique eye condition. This facilitates precise assessment of the patient’s prescription and also ensures corneal stability before the LASIK eye surgery can be performed.
If you want to make sure that you qualify as a candidate for LASIK, schedule a consultation with the most trusted ophthalmologist in Fresno – Dr. Eric J Poulsen at InSight Vision Center.