Who Can Get Lasik Surgery?

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Every individual suffering from a visual disorder such as farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism could be a possible candidate for a Lasik surgery, but there are still certain qualifications set by Lasik eye doctors who can get Lasik surgery as part of their screening procedures to ensure a safer and successful turnout of the operation.

If you want to be sure whether you are a suitable candidate or not for a Lasik surgery procedure, here are some guidelines to follow:

  • The patient must be 18 years old and above.

  • Individual’s present eye prescription must be stable for at least one year.

  • The candidate should be free from any forms of eye injuries as well as other eye conditions like dry eyes, any inflammation and/or retinal disease.

  • The person should not have illnesses such as Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis because these autoimmune disorders may interfere with the healing progress after a Lasik treatment.

  • Patients who are taking some medications like steroids or immunosuppressants (Renova) must verify first with their eye doctors if they can undergo Lasik.

  • Pregnant women and lactating mothers are usually advised not to proceed with a Lasik surgery due to their hormonal imbalances that could affect the stability of their visions.

  • The individual’s cornea should also be thick enough to allow the eye surgeon to create a flap. If you have thin corneas, ask your Lasik eye surgeon if a bladeless Lasik is a good alternative procedure.

  • The patient’s cornea should be free from any scarring. Your eye doctor will check for any signs of Keratoconus which may be caused by:

  • Genetic defects.

  • Eye diseases (retinitis pigmentosa, retinopathy of prematurity or vernal keratoconjunctivitis)

  • Certain systemic diseases such as Addison’s disease, Ehler’s-Danlos syndrome, Down’s syndrome, Leber’s congenital amaurosis and osteogenesis imperfecta).

  • Make sure your doctor checks for Avellino Corneal Dystrophy with a saliva swab test as this condition cannot be detected on exam prior to LASIK. If the swab test is positive, then LASIK can exacerbate this condition in the future.

Recommendation:

There are different corrective eye surgery procedures available now for the treatment of refractive errors (farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism). Your top priority is to know exactly which among these common surgery treatments is the most advisable for you that can deliver the best results with lesser risks or complications.

Never put your eyesight to any possible harm let the medical experts like eye doctors and certified surgeons do their jobs to bring the most desirable outcome for your visual needs.