What You Should Consider
LASIK is not for everyone. Be sure to discuss your medical history
with your eye doctor. The following checklist helps patients determine whether they would be a potential LASIK canadidate for LASIK eye surgery.:
1. LASIK eye surgery candidates must be at least 18 years of age and your vision & prescription has been stable (not worsened) for at least one year.
2. Your prescription for distnace vision needs to match a certain minimal strength, and that prescription strength (glasses or contacts) must meed FDA approved guidelines for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Pupils should not be larger than 8.5mm in the dark due to increased risk of vision glare and halos at night and decreased night vision.
3. Your eyes should have a healthy retina, eye pressure and the cornea must have sufficient thickness.
4. You should have no major eye diseases, no evidence of collagen vascular or autoimmune diseases, no recent history of an ocular (eye) herpes, eye infection or inflamation, excessive corneal disease / scarring or severely dry eyes.
5. You should not be a pregnant or a nursing mother.
6. You should have realistic vision expectations about LASIK eye surgery outcomes and must also be willing to accept the potential surgical risks, procedural complications and visual side effects of LASIK surgery.
7. You should not have uncontrolled (unmanaged) diabetes, certain rheumatologic conditions (e.g. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjorgens Disease).