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Am I a Good Lasik Eye Surgery Candidate?

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Are you a good Lasik eye surgery candidate? Read on to learn some of the criteria your eye doctor will ask about to determine if laser vision correction is right for you.

Am I a Good Lasik Eye Surgery Candidate?

Lasik is the most popular solution for blurry vision. This safe, effective treatment provides nearly instantaneous improvement and long-term benefits that appeal to most anyone who suffers from the tediousness of contacts or the challenges of glasses. While Lasik is a fantastic solution for refractive errors in vision, the surgery is not for everyone. In order to ensure the safest, most optimal results possible, it is important to determine if you are a good LASIK eye surgery candidate.

Are Your Eyes Healthy?

Besides nearsightedness or farsightedness, Lasik eye surgery candidates should have healthy eyes, free of certain conditions, such as cataracts, uncontrolled glaucoma, or conjunctivitis. Speak with your eye surgeon if you experience symptoms associated with dry eyes, such as blurry vision, stinging or burning, a sensation that something is in your eye, sensitivity to wind, or excessive tears. These may be indicative of severe dry eye syndrome, a condition that can be exacerbated with Lasik and therefore affect your standing as a Lasik eye surgery candidate. Similarly, good Lasik candidates should be free of past eye injuries.

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Are Your Corneas Thick Enough?

Lasik improves blurry vision by reshaping the cornea. Therefore, your cornea must be thick enough to operate on in order for you to be a good lasik eye surgery candidate. This is especially true if you opt for older versions of laser eye surgery from surgeons using out-of-date technologies and techniques. Recent advancements, such as bladeless lasik using a femtosecond laser allows your NYC eye surgeon to create a thinner flap to better protect the underlying corneal tissue that is reshaped to correct blurry vision.

Is your prescription too high?

Some individuals with really bad eyesight, requiring a high prescription, may not be good Lasik eye surgery candidates. For example, patients with extreme myopia may require too much corneal tissue to be removed to qualify for Lasik.

Are you old enough?

Depending on the exact procedure your undergo to correct blurry vision, you must be at least 18 or at least 21 years old, unless your eye surgeon considers you to be a viable exception for this age requirement. One of the main reasons for the age requirement is the changes that commonly occur in vision during your teenage and early adult years. Lasik should not be performed until you have stable vision for at least a year.

Are you in overall good health?

There are certain conditions that may affect your ability to heal after your Lasik surgery that may influence your candidacy for laser eye surgery. This includes uncontrolled autoimmune diseases or uncontrolled degenerative conditions such as AIDS, Type I diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, certain medications, like immunosuppressants or Accutane (which can exacerbate dry eye) also require special consideration before undergoing eye surgery.

Are you a good Lasik eye surgery candidate?

The best way to determine if you are a good Lasik eye surgery candidate is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dello Russo Laser Vision in NYC and New Jersey. Even if you do not fit all the requirements for Lasik, Dr. Dello Russo may be able to control the condition that is stopping you from getting Lasik. Alternatively, another type of eye surgery, such as PRK, may be better suited for your situation.

Get started by scheduling a complimentary consultation online or by calling Dello Russo Laser Vision at 1 (800) 393 2273.