5 Signs You Are a LASIK Candidate

October 9, 2023

A doctor checking to see if a patient is a candidate for LASIK surgery.

If you are tired of relying on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly on a daily basis, you are not alone. Millions of Americans who live with nearsightedness and farsightedness are seeing amazing results with LASIK surgery. If you are considering this procedure or are curious about the process, it is important that you understand what makes an ideal candidate. Read on for five signs that you are a LASIK candidate.

18 Years or Older

The LASIK procedure is designed for those 18 years and older. Before the age of 18, the eyes are still changing and developing, so 18 and older is the ideal age range. 

Stable Eye Prescription

If an individual’s prescriptions are constantly fluctuating, it can be difficult to determine the level of vision correction needed during a LASIK procedure. Ideal candidates will have an eye prescription that has generally stayed the same for at least 3-4 years.

Corneal Thickness

If your cornea (the clear part at the front of your eye that is affected during LASIK) is not thick enough, LASIK may not be the best way to correct your vision. Along with many other parts of your eye, your cornea will be measured during your consultation to determine If you may be a good candidate. 

Healthy Eyes

LASIK is designed to treat nearsightedness or farsightedness. Your eyes should be in generally good health otherwise. Those with issues such as cataracts, glaucoma, keratoconus, dry eye, or other problems are not ideal candidates. Prior to your LASIK procedure, your doctor will complete a thorough exam to assess your eye health. 

Good Physical Health

Along with good eye health, ideal patients should also be physically healthy. Certain health problems may hinder the healing process. Also, patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should wait until they undergo LASIK.

Schedule a Consultation 

If you are considering LASIK and want to learn more, contact Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology in Falls Church, VA today. Your first step will be to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our skilled providers to determine candidacy.

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