The benefits of Lasik eye surgery are many. Clear vision… No need for glasses or contacts… Quite simply, a short procedure that is truly life-changing. However, it’s not a procedure that’s suitable for everyone.

So what makes someone a good candidate for Lasik? 

The following details some of the important criteria that an ophthalmologist will take into account when considering if Lasik is the way forward for you.

  • Your current prescription falls within certain parameters: While Lasik can effectively cure astigmatism, near, and farsightedness, those with extremely high prescriptions aren’t usually treated by Lasik. In such cases, alternative corrective procedures may well be preferable.
  • You’re the right age: Depending on the procedure, candidates must be above either 18 or 21, except in certain situations where a Lasik surgeon may be able to treat younger patients with permission from a parent or guardian. It should also be noted that those over the age of 40 may still need reading glasses post-procedure to correct near vision issues caused by presbyopia, or perhaps an alternative, specific type of the procedure known as monovision Lasik.
  • Your vision is stable: Your prescription must have remained the same for at least 12 months. 
  • You don’t have any other eye conditions: Such as dry eyes, infection, an injury, conjunctivitis, cataracts, or uncontrolled glaucoma.
  • You’re in good all-round health: Conditions that affect the autoimmune system—especially those that aren’t controlled—would be considered a contraindication to Lasik. These included Type I Diabetes, HIV, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Everyone’s situation differs, so your eye doctor will be able to advise as to the best way forward. 
  • Your pupils aren’t overly large: The reason for this is that those with naturally large pupils have an increased risk of side effects, such as glares and halos.
  • Your corneas are of a certain thickness: Because the procedure works by reshaping the cornea of the eye it’s not possible to be carried out on those that are too thin or misshapen. However, technology has advanced over recent years, meaning that those who might not have been suitable candidates in the past may now qualify.
  • You’re not pregnant or nursing: Hormonal changes during and post-pregnancy can cause vision-related changes. This, plus the routine use of certain medications post-procedure (steroids and/or antibiotics) means that Lasik can’t be carried out during this time.

The key to Lasik is to take advice from an eye doctor who’ll examine you and advise you on the optimal corrective vision procedure for your situation. Whether or not this is Lasik generally depends on the criteria mentioned above. When it comes to your precious vision, your choice of the best ophthalmologist isn’t one to be taken lightly, and it’s essential to do your homework and find a doctor with whom you feel comfortable.

Dr. Brent Bellotte is one of the leading clinicians in the country, carrying out a variety of corrective procedures specifically chosen for their effectiveness, results, and safety. Lasik is suitable for a high percentage of candidates, but for others. there may well be a preferable alternative. Only by taking the best professional advice can you be guaranteed of the visual improvement you hope for, something that the clinical team at Bellotte’s West Boca Eye Center are renowned for.