Who Makes a Good Candidate for LASIK surgery?

LASIK (Laser–Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a popular type of vision corrective surgery.  LASIK reshapes the front part of the eye, the cornea, so that light coming into the eye bends properly to focus an image on the back part of the eye, the retina.  If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK may be able to correct your vision.  

Since LASIK may not be appropriate for everyone, the best way to know if you are a good candidate is to see your eye doctor who can determine your prescription and perform a full eye health examination.  Here are some criteria that may help determine if you may be a good candidate for LASIK:  

- Over the age of 18, ideally over the age of 21 when your prescription is more likely to be stable

- A prescription error that is treatable with LASIK

- A stable prescription that has not changed in the past year

- Healthy corneas and overall good eye health

- Good general health

- Realistic expectations

Some people may not be good candidates for LASIK.  This includes but is not limited to:

-an unstable prescription

-extreme levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism

-thin corneas

-severe dry eyes

-keratoconus

-certain eye conditions

-uncontrolled diabetes

-pregnancy or nursing mothers


LASIK can offer many people the freedom from using eyeglasses or contact lenses.  There are some activities where people may still need to use eyeglasses such as reading or up-close tasks if you are presbyopic.  Your eye doctor will determine if you are a good candidate, answer any questions you may have, and discuss the risks and rewards involved.  Call Chelsea Eye Associates at (212) 257-0007 to schedule a complimentary consultation and see if LASIK is right for you.

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