Many people who have worn glasses for most their lives daydream about life without them. Laser vision correction surgery like custom LASIK can make this dream a reality for you. After all, there are millions of satisfied LASIK patients out there!
You may be considering LASIK for yourself. If so, don’t start searching for a LASIK surgeon until you’ve made sure you’re ready for LASIK! Not sure if you are? Keep reading for more information!
Like any surgery, LASIK isn’t right for everyone. Before being considered a good LASIK candidate, you must qualify! To find out if you are a good candidate, you’ll need to have a LASIK consultation. A good LASIK candidate will:
Be 18 or older
There’s no age limit on LASIK except you must be at least 18 years of age or older. Most LASIK surgeons prefer patients in their mid-twenties. This ensures that the patient’s vision will not change after undergoing LASIK.
If you have LASIK before the age of 18, there’s a high chance that your eyes will keep changing. LASIK is not a procedure that should be performed more than once. Wait until your eyes have stopped changing and your prescription has been stable for a year.
Have a Stable Prescription
This LASIK factor piggybacks on the previous point. No matter how old you are, if you are experiencing vision changes, LASIK is not the right procedure for you.
Without a stable prescription, your eyes could keep changing. To qualify for LASIK, you need to have a stable prescription for at least a year.
Be in Good Health
You don’t need to be in perfect health, but how healthy you are makes a difference if you want LASIK. During your LASIK consultation, mention if you have diabetes, glaucoma, or keratoconus.
It is possible to get LASIK if you are a diabetic, but you shouldn’t if you have glaucoma or keratoconus. If your health won’t allow you to get LASIK, your surgeon may suggest another procedure like PRK.
Have Healthy Eyes
Besides being in good health, your eyes should be healthy as well. A good LASIK candidate won’t have any eye injuries, chronic dry eye, or pink eye.
If you have any of these conditions, you’re probably not a LASIK candidate. The good news? If you get your conditions under control, you may qualify as a LASIK candidate later on!
Not Be Pregnant or Planning to Become Pregnant
Fluctuating hormones during pregnancy can cause vision changes. These changes in vision could be temporary or permanent. Wait to get LASIK until you are no longer pregnant or breast feeding.
If you’re planning to become pregnant, wait to have LASIK until after you’re done adding to your family. Each pregnancy could result in vision changes because of those pesky hormones! Waiting until you’re done having kids ensures your eyes won’t change.
Decided that you are ready for LASIK? Schedule a LASIK consultation with the experts at Georgia Eye Associates in Tucker!