ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR LASIK EYE SURGERY?
Getting LASIK done always starts with the same step for everybody: asking the question “Am I a candidate for LASIK?” LASIK is not for everyone, so if you are considering vision correction surgery, the first step is to schedule a free LASIK screening to determine whether or not you are a candidate for LASIK.
Are You A Candidate For LASIK?
Your Denver Ophthalmologist Can Tell You
- The FDA and American Academy of Ophthalmology have developed guidelines for LASIK candidates:
- You should be at least 18 years old (21 in some cases) because vision may continue to change in younger people. A rare exception is a child with one very nearsighted and one normal eye. Using LASIK to correct a very nearsighted eye may prevent amblyopia (lazy eye).
- You should not have this procedure if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as these conditions can affect eye measurements.
- You should not have this procedure if you take certain prescription drugs, such as Accutane, Cardarone, Imitrex, or oral prednisone.
- Your eyes must be healthy and your prescription stable.
- You should be in good overall health. LASIK may not be recommended for patients with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, glaucoma, herpes infections of the eye, or cataracts. All conditions and medications taken should be discussed with your surgeon.
The risks and rewards should be weighed carefully. If you are completely satisfied wearing contacts or glasses, you may not want to have the surgery.