3 Factors That Affect LASIK Candidacy
LASIK is a procedure that reshapes the shape of the cornea and corrects your vision. This is possible because LASIK changes the way your eye refracts light.
For those with refractive errors, this means you can finally experience clear vision! Like any surgical procedure, LASIK isn’t right for everyone. Wondering if you may be a LASIK candidate? Keep reading to learn about 3 factors that affect LASIK candidacy!
What Is LASIK?
During LASIK, your surgeon creates a flap in the cornea. When the flap has been successfully created, it is peeled back to expose other layers of the cornea. Once the underlying layer of the cornea is out, it’s reshaped using a femtosecond laser. By reshaping the cornea, patients achieve clear vision.
There’s no pain during LASIK surgery, since your eyes are numbed using numbing drops. Once the cornea is reshaped, the flap is then laid back down. This flap doesn’t need any stitches and heals naturally on its own. After LASIK, most patients have 20/20 vision, if not better!
To be a candidate for LASIK, your vision must stay stable for at least one year. For your best possible results, you can’t get LASIK until you’re at least 18. Most LASIK surgeons recommend waiting until your mid twenties before undergoing the procedure.
Even if your vision hasn’t changed, if you’re under the age of 18, you have to wait to get LASIK. This is because your eyes could keep changing while you’re growing. Getting LASIK and having your eyes change afterwards makes the procedure a waste of time.
Prescription Level and Corneal Thickness
Besides needing a stable prescription, you also need to have a prescription that isn’t too strong. This is important because only so much corneal tissue can be safely removed during LASIK.
It’s also important that your corneas are thick enough for LASIK. These are two things that are part of the exams and tests during your LASIK consultation. If your prescription is too strong or your corneas are too thin, you may qualify for a procedure like PRK.
Ability to Heal & Pregnancy
There are many complications that can affect your eyes ability to heal after surgery. If you suffer from dry eye, you’ll need to have it under control before getting LASIK.
You also should wait to have any sort of eye infection resolved. If you are someone who suffers from glaucoma or cataracts, LASIK surgery may not be the right choice for you. Uncontrolled autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes can also disqualify you.
Another thing that will stand in your way of LASIK candidacy is pregnancy. During pregnancy, your eyes are also changing due to hormones.
To get the best results possible, you can’t have LASIK while pregnant. Most LASIK surgeons recommend waiting to have LASIK when you’re done having children.
The only way to know if you’re a LASIK candidate is to have a LASIK consultation. Ready to find out if LASIK is right for you? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Atlantic Laser Center in Little Silver, NJ today!