LASIK Eye Surgery Candidate Checklist
- Refractive procedures are approved for people over age 18. Most patients will need to wait until they are 21 for their eyes to stabilize.
Do you have generally healthy eyes?
- Candidates should be free of eye diseases including keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. During your consultation, your eyes will be examined to check for these eye diseases.
Are you in good general health?
- Patients who have certain health problems, including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, or take any medication or have any condition that compromises their immune response are not good candidates for laser correction surgery. Certain medications (such as retinoic acid and steroids) may prevent proper healing after a refractive procedure.
Are you nursing or pregnant?
- Candidates should not be nursing or pregnant when undergoing the LASIK procedure. Hormones may affect the stability of your prescription. Previously nursing women are not eligible for surgery until menstrual cycles have normalized.
Is your vision stable?
- A good candidate must have vision that is stable for at least one year prior to the procedure date.
The best way to find out if you are a good LASIK candidate is to schedule a LASIK consultation. After an extensive eye exam and testing, we will discuss your treatment options based on your goals, lifestyle and hobbies.