Ten Characteristics of a Good LASIK Candidate

If you are tired or wearing glasses or contact lenses, you may be considering having LASIK or PRK. Both procedures have helped millions of people reduce their dependency or eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. A consultation or pre-operative examination is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. Here are ten guidelines that will help better understand what it takes to be a good candidate for LASIK.

  1. LASIK candidates should have one of the following vision problems: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, or a combination of the above.
  2. LASIK candidates should not be pregnant or breastfeeding because of the hormonal changes taking place during this important period. These hormonal changes can negatively affect how you heal from the procedure.
  3. LASIK candidates should have no major changes in their glasses or contact lens prescription for one year prior to having the procedure.
  4. LASIK and PRK candidates should be 18 years of age or older. This is because the vision is still changing and typically stabilizes between the ages of 18-21.
  5. LASIK candidates should not be taking any steroids or immunosuppressants.
  6. LASIK candidates should not have a history of ocular herpes with an outbreak occurrence within the last 12 months.
  7. LASIK candidates should have good overall eye health and be free of corneal diseases or eye related conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, keratoconus, or other pre-existing eye diseases..
  8. LASIK candidates should be free of autoimmune diseases or disorders such as Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  9. LASIK candidates have adequate cornea to allow for the procedure to safely take place. People with thin corneas are not candidates for the procedure.
  10. LASIK candidates should have a refractive error (prescription) that is not too high for the approved treatment with current technology.