What Makes an Ideal Candidate for LASIK or PRK?

Having been around for over a decade, LASIK has had more than its’ share of success stories. That said, it is the job of the surgeon to ensure each patient who undergoes this life changing procedure is an ideal patient.

What Makes an Ideal Patient:

There are several factors that come into play when determining if someone is a candidate for LASIK. The ideal candidate includes those who
Are over 18 years of age and have had a stable glasses or contact lens prescription for at least two years.

  • Have one of the following vision problems:
    1. myopia (nearsightedness)
    2. hyperopia (farsightedness)
    3. Astigmatism
    4. Combination of above
  • ŸHave sufficient corneal (clear front part of the eye) thickness.

Do not suffer from any auto-immune diseases or other health related illnesses that may reduce the efficacy of the procedure and the patient’s ability to heal properly.
What Makes A Less Than Ideal Patient?

A less than ideal patient is dependent on a variety of factors that may temporarily or permanently disqualify their candidacy for LASIK or PRK. These may include the following:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • ŸHistory of severe dry eyes that do not improve with prescription eye drops or punctal plugs.
  • ŸAre currently taking steroids or immunosuppressants.
  • ŸHave a history of ocular herpes with an outbreak occurrence within last 12 months.

ŸHave refractive errors too high for approved treatment with current technology.

What Makes a Definitive Non-Candidate?

There are a few items that automatically disqualify someone from being a candidate for LASIK or PRK. These include:

  • Have cataracts, glaucoma, corneal diseases, keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration or other pre-existing eye diseases.

So Where Does that Leave You?

The only way one can determine whether a patient is a candidate or not is through a comprehensive eye examination with a qualified eye care professional. We are unique at Raleigh Eye Center because this examination is performed by Dr. Kiley. We do this for a few reasons including our desire to ensure patients truly are ideal candidates for the procedure and to give patients an opportunity to build rapport and trust with their surgeon.

If you are ready to take a step towards having LASIK or PRK, give us a call today at (919) 876-2427 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kiley.