LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that uses a laser beam to reshape the cornea. Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or astigmatic may benefit from this type of procedure.
While millions of patients have seen successful results from LASIK, the procedure is not right for everyone. Your optometrist will need to thoroughly examine your eyes to determine which type of vision correction best fits your needs.
How do I know if I qualify for LASIK surgery?
- You have to be willing to go without contacts for 2-4 weeks before your consultation.
- You have to be at lease 18 years old.
- Your vision & prescription has to have been stable for at least 1 year.
- Your distance prescription needs to match a certain minimal strength which must meet the FDA approved guidelines for nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatism.
- Your pupils should not be larger then 8.5mm in the dark. If this is not met there is an increase in the risk of night vision glare and halos around lights.
- You should not be a pregnant or nursing mother.
- Your eyes have to be healthy; specifically a healthy retina, eye pressures, and a sufficient corneal thickness.
- You should not have uncontrolled diabetes or certain rheumatologic conditions (like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis)