What Are the Qualifications for LASIK

What Are the Qualifications for LASIK?

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Have you thought about investing in your eyesight this year? If you are tired of wearing glasses and contact lenses, it might be time to consult an eye doctor to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery.

This treatment is a refractive eye surgery that can help to correct vision problems, including astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. A laser reshapes the cornea, reducing or eliminating the need to wear vision correction lenses (such as glasses or contacts).

Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK?

Not every patient is a good fit for this surgery. Your eye doctor will evaluate specific qualifications that must be met to ensure that you are the right candidate for this treatment.

  • Age: The general recommendation is that patients should be over the age of 18. At this point, the eyes have matured fully. In some cases, eye doctors recommend that patients are over the age of 21 before having LASIK.
  • Vision Stability: One of the biggest reasons why age is a factor is because the eye doctor wants to make sure that your vision is stable. You need to have a consistent prescription for at least 12 months before surgery. If your prescription is changing, then it means that your corneas are changing – which could cause short-lived results after the surgery.
  • Overall Health: A person must be in good health overall. Specific health problems can disqualify a person from laser eye surgery, such as autoimmune disorders and diabetes. Additionally, talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking that might compromise your immune response. The goal is to ensure that there is nothing that could cause complications during your recovery.
  • Eye Diseases: Your eye doctor will perform a thorough eye examination to ensure that your eyes are healthy enough for LASIK surgery. You must be free of certain conditions and eye diseases, such as glaucoma, keratoconus, lazy eye, chronic dry eye, muscle imbalances, and more.
  • Pregnancy: LASIK eye surgery is not recommended for women who are currently pregnant since hormone levels change during this time and can affect vision. It’s important to let the eyes stabilize after pregnancy before scheduling the surgery.

Call for a LASIK Consultation

Are you wondering about your options for LASIK eye surgery? Then it’s a great time to schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate. Contact us at Temecula Creek Optometry to learn more about this treatment and talk to an experienced eye doctor: (951) 302 -1331.

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