Quick Answer: How Do You Know If You Are A Candidate For Lasik?

Stable vision: Candidates’ vision must be stable for at least one year prior to the procedure date.

Contacts: Prior to your LASIK surgery consultation and LASIK procedure, you must not wear contact lenses for a certain length of time.

The precise length will be determined by your doctor on an individual basis.

How do you know if you are a good 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.

Who is qualified for Lasik?

LASIK is FDA-approved for people aged 18 and older. However, young adults are encouraged to postpone LASIK until their mid-20s. This age of “ocular maturity” typically means prescriptions are more stable. It is important for eyes to be healthy, free of diseases, injuries and infections.

Why would I not be a candidate for Lasik?

Other conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, glaucoma, or cataracts often affect Lasik results. You should have had no eye infections or injuries within the past year prior to undergoing Lasik. Infection and injury can leave behind corneal scarring that may have detrimental effects.

When should I get laser eye surgery?

Typical Age Range for LASIK

As your eyes typically stabilize by age 20 (or sometimes a few years into your 20s), and they may change again at age 40, the typical age range for a LASIK procedure is between age 20 and 40. This is generally considered to be the ideal age range.

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.

What can disqualify you from getting Lasik?

Certain medical conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, immunodeficiency states, diabetes and some medications may further interfere with the healing process after LASIK. The presence of any of these conditions can and may disqualify a patient from LASIK surgery.

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.

What is the minimum corneal thickness for Lasik?

Add this to the 160 microns for the corneal flap, plus the 250 microns that must be remaining after surgery, and you would need at least 452 microns of corneal tissue before LASIK to be considered a good candidate for surgery with a -3.00-prescription power. For most patients, the cornea is 540 to 550 microns thick.