Could you be a candidate for LASIK? Refractive Eye Surgery is for patients with healthy eyes.
Here are four questions that will help you determine your eligibility:
1) Are you able to see close to 20/20 with glasses? If answer is yes, then you may be a good candidate so far! (If no, read the last paragraph).
2) Do you consider your vision to be normal with the exception of glasses? If you answered yes you may be a good candidate so far! (If no, read the last paragraph)
3) Do you have any history of serious eye disease: glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retina surgery? Yes, you are probably not a good candidate and read the last paragraph.
4) Have you ever worn contact lenses? Yes, you will need to be out of your contact lenses for 2 weeks for soft lenses, and a minimum of 2 weeks for hard contacts plus additional weeks for each decade you have worn contacts, before you come in for a dilated evaluation appointment. You could come in for an initial evaluation to meet your surgeon and receive motivation to stay out of your lenses!
5) Females: Are you pregnant? Yes, you are probably not a good candidate until nursing has stopped. Your vision may change during your pregnancy and the calculations for surgery will not be accurate for the long-term. It is far better to wait.
If you think you may be eligible for LASIK, take a self-evaluation test.
LASIK is designed with a healthy eye in mind. This surgery will not improve poor vision and could potentially make your present condition worse. It may help you to discuss with your eye doctor further reasons why LASIK may not be for you. We hope these comments have been helpful. Your comments are welcome.