Who Are the Ideal LASIK Eye Surgery Candidates?
To determine if you are an ideal LASIK eye surgery candidate, you must meet the following criteria:
You need to be 18 years or older to get the surgery, but not over the age of 65. If you are under 18, the doctor may not want you to have LASIK because it is possible for your eyesight to still change.
To be a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, you must be of good general health. This means that you should not have diseases like uncontrolled diabetes or certain vascular diseases. Additionally, if you take medications that affect your immunity, the doctor may also direct you to other treatment options.
For LASIK, there are a lot of restrictions when it comes to eye health. A good candidate for LASIK eye surgery should not have any of the following conditions:
- Corneal diseases
- Diseases of the retina and optic nerve
- Herpes simplex and herpes zoster
- Dry eyes
- Any kind of eye injury or infection
Other Eye Conditions
Moreover, if you have eye conditions that may affect recovery, you should disclose them to your eye doctor. Examples of these conditions are amblyopia or lazy eye, and strabismus.
Lazy eye is a condition wherein one of the eyes has a poorer vision than the other. Strabismus, on the other hand, affects eye muscles causing squinting.
Aside from the restrictions set above, the other requirements to be an eligible LASIK eye surgery candidate include:
- A stable vision at least a year before the preferred date of LASIK
- The corneal thickness of at least 0.5 mm
- Being contacts-free for a certain length of time; this will be discussed by your eye doctor during your consultation.
Pregnant women or those who are planning to get pregnant in six months or so should not undergo LASIK. Also, LASIK is contraindicated for nursing mothers. This is because the changes in hormones brought about by pregnancy and breastfeeding may affect the prescriptions.
Only consider LASIK after you already have 3 menstrual cycles since you stopped breastfeeding.
How Long Do the Effects Last?
According to experts, many patients who have had LASIK eye surgery maintain their excellent vision for 10 years. After a decade, they may need to undergo what is called LASIK enhancement, which is a follow-up LASIK surgery.