Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Who Qualifies for LASIK Surgery?

The possibility of complications or imperfect vision after LASIK vision correction can be greatly reduced if you simply find out if you are a good prospect for the surgery.  Not everyone who wants LASIK vision correction is necessarily a good candidate to have the surgery.  You should consider a few things before you settle on LASIK:

- If you don’t like to take a chance every now and then, you probably shouldn’t have LASIK vision correction.  There are possibilities of complications as a result of LASIK that you should research before having the procedure done.

- If having LASIK vision correction could affect your career or is not covered by your insurance you should think of another alternative.  The cost of LASIK is getting cheaper, but is still quite expensive and you’ll want to make sure it isn’t prohibited by your employer.

- You must be an adult with refractive stability to be accepted for LASIK vision correction.  Refractive instability is determined by patients who are 20 or younger with fluctuating hormones due to such things as diabetes or someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding or taking medications that cause fluctuation in vision.

- If you regularly engage in contact sports or suffer from a condition or disease may affect wound healing you should consider an alternative to LASIK vision correction. 

There are a number of other situations you should discuss with your doctor prior to LASIK vision correction.  If you have herpes or shingles involving the eye area you should disclose that information.  Also, any glaucoma, ocular hypertension, eye diseases, eye injuries, previous eye surgeries, or keratoconus should be discussed.

You should also ask your doctor to screen you for the following conditions prior to LASIK vision correction:

* Blepharitis
* Large pupils
* Thin corneas
* Previous refractive surgeries
* Dry eyes

Once you have researched all of these conditions or discussed them with a LASIK surgeon you can determine if you are a candidate for LASIK vision correction.