Am I A Candidate?
LASIK is a safe and effective procedure for treating many common vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Using advanced laser technology, LASIK reshapes the cornea to optimize the way that it focuses incoming light. While LASIK can be a life changing experience for many, not everyone is a candidate – but it might be perfect for you.
Thinking about improving your vision with the help of LASIK? Ideal candidates for LASIK must meet the following criteria:
- Age: All LASIK candidates must be over 18 years of age, however there is no wrong age to get LASIK! Never think that you’re too old – as long as you fulfill these other requirements and get approved by Dr. Farbowitz, then LASIK might be right for you.
- Stable Prescription:In order for you to undergo LASIK, you must have a stable eye prescription for two years with less than a 0.5 D change per year. Stability is necessary so that your surgery can be properly calibrated to improve your vision and give you long-lasting results.
- Health: It’s very important that you have good overall health with no uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune deficiencies (including medications that may reduce the efficiency of your immune system).
- Eye Health: Your eyes should also be in good overall health with no pre-existing issues including dry eyes, lazy eye, glaucoma, cataracts, or eye disease/injuries. Ideal LASIK Candidates should also not have eye conditions such as herpes simplex or herpes zoster.
- Corneas: Your corneal thickness will need to meet the requirements of your procedure. To have LASIK, your corneas must be the correct thickness for a corneal flap to be created during your surgery. LASIK requires that the cornea be reshaped which means that there will be some corneal tissue removed by the laser. Dr. Farbowitz will determine if your cornea is thick enough to successfully undergo LASIK.
- Pregnancy and Nursing: To be an ideal LASIK candidate, you must not be pregnant or breastfeeding. The health of your child should always be put first and as a result, LASIK is not recommended during pregnancy to avoid any complications and . Pregnancy and nursing can cause changes in your vision, holding you back from being able to maintain the required stable eye prescription. Hormonal changes in the human body that occur during pregnancy can alter your eyesight and lead to the build-up of fluids in the cornea.
- Wearing Contacts: Before your LASIK procedure, it’s imperative that you stop wearing contact lenses. Although they do temporarily improve your vision, there is a risk that contact lenses can change the shape of your cornea which can result in an ineffective LASIK procedure. Just think about it this way: stop wearing your contacts before your treatment because it’s the last time that you’ll be wearing them – ever! Dr. Farbowitz will determine exactly how long you need to refrain from wearing your contacts before you get LASIK, so that your corneas will have a chance to return to their normal shape.
While this might give you a better idea of whether or not LASIK is right for you, the only way to know for sure is by booking a free consultation with Dr. Farbowitz. With over 17 years of LASIK experience, he will happily answer any questions or concerns that you might have! LASIK is a big step in the right direction for your life, so get the facts ahead of time and make sure that you’re fully informed before you to take a leap towards better vision.
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