Laser Vision Correction: Am I A Candidate?
Laser vision correction requires specific physical and medical conditions be met before it can be considered ‘right’ for any patient. Not everyone is a candidate for the LASIK procedure, but may be a candidate for Epi-LASIK or PRK. Each individual person has extremely unique eyes. A reputable surgeon will on average reject around 20% of applicants for LASIK, however most people over age 18 who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism are a candidate for some form of laser vision correction.
Before any procedure is performed, you will be required to undergo a series of diagnostic tests, as well as a thorough eye exam, to determine the stability of your vision and the overall health of your eyes. The thickness of your cornea, your pupil size, the health of your eye, the amount of refractive error and the effects of aging all play a part in determining whether your eyes are well-suited for surgery. A thorough eye exam is the only way to determine if vision correction surgery can achieve your expectations. The exam should include full corneal mapping (topography), corneal thickness measurement, and measurement of your pupil size. This is the first step in creating a positive outcome for your best possible visual outcome or personal best vision.
Here’s a simple checklist to help you determine if you’re a candidate for laser vision correction. Please keep in mind though that here at Larson Eye Center we provide a full range of alternatives to LASIK in the event that it’s not the best vision correction procedure for your eyes.
To be a good candidate, you must:
- Be 18 year of age or older
- Have no history of eye disease
- Have stable distance vision (for at least the last 1-2 years)
- Be in good overall health
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