Although many patients who wish to reduce their need for corrective eyewear are candidates for LASIK, there are some basic criteria that must be met. Patients who participate in contact sports, or who have jobs that place them at risk of blows to the face or head may not be good LASIK candidates. Patients must also have adequate corneal thickness. In addition to examining your eyes and evaluating your medical history, Dr. Peter Broberg and our team of doctors will also assess your lifestyle to determine if LASIK is the best vision correction procedure for you. If you are wondering if you are a LASIK candidate, schedule a consultation with our Austin, TX, ophthalmologists.
Are You a Candidate for LASIK?
Some of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK that we hear concern candidacy. There are several factors we will consider.
Age and General Health
LASIK candidates must be over the age of 18 and in good overall health. Patients with certain health conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes and autoimmune diseases, are typically not good candidates for LASIK. Additionally, LASIK is not recommended to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, since hormonal fluctuations can affect vision.
Eye Health and Vision Stability
LASIK is appropriate for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Patients with other serious eye conditions or diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, or keratoconus, may not be eligible for LASIK. You must also be free from any eye infections and injuries. Other eye problems, such as a lazy eye or muscle imbalance, may not disqualify you from undergoing LASIK, but you should make your doctor aware of these conditions because they can impact your recovery. You may also be precluded from LASIK if you suffer with chronic dry eyes.
In addition to having healthy eyes, you must also have stable vision to qualify for LASIK. This means that your vision has not changed in at least a year prior to undergoing the procedure. Your doctor can determine whether your vision is stable after performing a thorough eye exam.
The only way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK is to schedule a consultation and undergo a comprehensive eye exam.
Other Reasons You May Not Qualify for LASIK
We do not recommend LASIK to patients who participate in high-contact sports such as boxing, wrestling, martial arts, and other similar sports. Eye and face injuries can damage the corneal flap that is created during the procedure and cause a serious injury or infection. For these patients, photorefractive keratectomy may be a better option.
A Note for Contact Lens Wearers
Long-term use of contact lenses changes the shape of your corneas. When you stop wearing contacts, you allow your corneas to return to their natural shape. Once the corneas are restored to their natural shape, we can accurately measure your corneas and determine your LASIK candidacy.
Schedule a Consultation Today
The only way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK is to schedule a consultation and undergo a comprehensive eye exam. If you are not a good candidate for LASIK, we can typically recommend alternative vision correction procedures. Contact our office to schedule your consultation and find out if you qualify for LASIK.