LASIK Contraindications and Why they are Important

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, a contraindication is a “symptom or condition that makes a treatment or procedure inadvisable”.

The LASIK procedure helps many people achieve near perfect vision but not everyone is a candidate. There are two types of LASIK contraindication:

1. Absolute Contraindication

This means that under no condition should LASIK be performed in this situation. Absolute contraindications are supported by clinical findings, conditions or health reasons that prevent the LASIK procedure. Keratoconus, a condition in which the cornea progressively becomes thinner is an example of an absolute contraindication.

2. Relative Contraindication

This means that LASIK is not recommended because there are clinical findings, conditions and health reasons which can increases the likelihood of LASIK complications. Corneal thickness may be a relative contraindication because there is not a strong evidence for how thick a cornea should be for successful LASIK.

Many LASIK contraindications fall under the relative section. People who suffer from some autoimmune diseases can undergo LASIK while others cannot because of unpredictable healing. That is why it is important to have a comprehensive LASIK consultation with a refractive surgeon. 

Only a certified Ophthalmologist can determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. To find out, contact Raleigh Eye Center for a consultation. Don’t delay as our our $995 special ends at the end of the month.