Signs that You are a Perfect Candidate for LASIK
LASIK is a type of laser vision correction that can improve or even cure a variety of refractive problems. It’s commonly used for shortsightedness, longsightedness, and astigmatism. For those who’re suitable, it has an impressive success rate of around 99.9%.
A life free from corrective lenses—either contact lenses or eyeglasses—is certainly attractive. But how do you know if you’re suitable? You might have even been told before that you’re not, in which case, we’ve got some good news for you.
Read on to discover 5 important criteria that suggest you’re probably the perfect candidate for what can be a life-changing procedure.
5 Signs that LASIK is Probably Right for You
- 1: LASIK is appropriate for those in generally good health
- 2: LASIK is appropriate for those with stable prescriptions
- 3: LASIK is appropriate for those with corneas of a certain thickness
- 4: LASIK is appropriate as long as you’re not pregnant or nursing
- 5: LASIK is appropriate for those who want to ditch eyeglasses and/or contact lenses
1: LASIK is appropriate for those in generally good health
Even though LASIK is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, it’s best performed on those who have a good level of eye and general health. This is mainly to assist with the recovery process. While the treatment is quick and painless, the eyes still have to go through a period of healing. This is why it’s not usually recommended for those with a systemic health problem or an autoimmune condition.
Other reasons that would be a contraindication to LASIK include glaucoma, keratoconus, or an active eye infection.
2: LASIK is appropriate for those with stable prescriptions
This means that your eye doctor isn’t constantly tweaking your prescriptions. As long as your eyesight has been stable for 6 months or more, LASIK is a possibility. While it’s not dangerous to perform the treatment on unstable eyes, the risk is that you’ll get a less than perfect result.
3: LASIK is appropriate for those with corneas of a certain thickness
LASIK involves the creation of a flap in the cornea. To do this, it needs to be thick enough. One of the most important elements of a pre-surgical consultation is to measure the cornea to ascertain suitability.
If, in the past, you’ve been told that your corneas are too thin, this might not still be the case. The procedure has advanced dramatically over recent years, meaning it’s suitable for more people. Even if your corneas are still deemed to be too thin, other laser vision correction might be suitable, such as PRK. Either way, if you’re keen to take advantage of life without lenses, it’s well worth getting a professional opinion.
4: LASIK is appropriate as long as you’re not pregnant or nursing
The reason for this is down to hormones. During this important stage of life, your hormones naturally fluctuate. This can cause vision changes. It’s good practice to wait at least 6 months post-birth and/or breastfeeding to allow these to settle.
5: LASIK is appropriate for those who want to ditch eyeglasses and/or contact lenses
If you yearn for the freedom of great eyesight without lenses, LASIK could well be the answer. Perhaps you’re super active. Maybe you just want the ease of picking up a book or reading on your cell phone without having to find your glasses. Whatever the reason, if 20:20 vision without corrective lenses sounds tempting, then LASIK could well be the answer.
Got a 5/5 Match? Contact the West Boca Eye Center to Book an Exploratory Consultation
Laser vision correction, including LASIK, is a specialty treatment at the WBEC. We treat thousands of happy patients per year, allowing them to lead a life without being encumbered by prescription lenses.
Such is the level of our clinical excellence, we can often provide laser vision correction for more complex candidates. So even if you’ve been told that LASIK or another form of laser surgery isn’t for you, our cutting-edge treatment options might mean that under our careful expertise it could still be an option.
Discover more about laser vision correction and our other advanced treatments at https://westbocaeyecenter.com/services/dry-eyes-allergies/