Question: How Do I Know If I’m A Candidate For Lasik?

Ophthalmologists use LASIK to treat conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

So if you’re affected by one of these, you may be a good candidate.

Ultimately, your doctor will determine if you’re a good candidate and the best course of action to meet your vision correction needs.

How do I know if I am a candidate for Lasik?

The following laser eye surgery checklist is a good start to help you determine if LASIK or PRK is right for you.

  • Your eyes must be healthy.
  • Your cornea must have sufficient thickness.
  • Your pupils must not be too large.
  • Your prescription must be within certain limits.
  • You must be old enough.
  • Your vision must be stable.

What makes you a good candidate for Lasik?

LASIK is FDA-approved for people aged 18 and older who have achieved ocular maturity. A stable prescription, meaning your prescription hasn’t changed for at least two consecutive years. It is important for eyes to be generally healthy, free of diseases, injuries and infections.

How bad does your vision have to be to get Lasik?

Having 20/100 vision means you should be within 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see 100 feet away. To determine if your poor eyesight is suitable for LASIK, your laser vision correction doctor will figure out if your refractive error is within the range that can be treated.

Can anyone get laser eye surgery?

Suitability for vision correction

If a person has had a stable prescription for 12 months, has an otherwise healthy eye and is in good general health, it is most likely that they are suitable for laser eye surgery. Most people are suitable for LASIK.

How much does Lasik cost?

While charges for LASIK procedures vary widely by practice and region, the average cost of LASIK is between $1,500 to $3,000 per eye depending on the type of the procedure, surgeon and region of the country. Often extremely low prices of $399 or $695 are very unrealistic and considered bait and switch pricing.

Is there an alternative to Lasik?

The four alternatives to traditional LASIK surgery are LASEK, Phakic IntraOcular Lens Implants, Epi-LASIK, and Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery. If you have thin or flat corneas, LASEK is one of the best LASIK alternatives. The procedure doesn’t involve the use of a laser or blade.

Can you go blind from Lasik?

This is extremely rare but has happened. LASIK surgery itself does not cause blindness, and most cases of LASIK complications are avoidable by following aftercare procedures set forth by your surgeon. The most uncomfortable part of LASIK surgery, according to what our patients tell us, is the pressure from the laser.

Does Lasik last forever?

DONNENFELD: It is a very persistent myth, people thinking that LASIK is not permanent and that it may only last a few years. The reality is, LASIK permanently corrects the vision prescription – your nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism – that you come in with to have the procedure.

Can I get Lasik if I have astigmatism?

Yes, in most cases, LASIK can fully correct astigmatism, and the effect is permanent. Despite having a somewhat scary-sounding name, astigmatism is not an eye disease — it’s simply a refractive error like nearsightedness and farsightedness — and it can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses and LASIK surgery.

Is Lasik worth it over 40?

Many patients have concerns whether age will affect their candidacy for LASIK surgery. While there are additional considerations that must be taken into account regarding LASIK and patients over 40, for many of our Chicago patients, LASIK after 40 can still be a success.

Do you need reading glasses after Lasik?

Since LASIK surgery is typically performed to correct distance vision and refractive errors rather than issues stemming from presbyopia, whether or not you will need reading glasses after LASIK depends on your age. If you’re under 40, LASIK surgery will not cause you to need reading glasses, contrary to misconceptions.

Do I qualify Lasik?

To have LASIK eye surgery, you must have a stable prescription. This means your eyeglass prescription has not changed for at least two consecutive years. LASIK is FDA-approved for people aged 18 and older. It is important for eyes to be healthy, free of diseases, injuries and infections.