Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK?

Woman receiving an eye exam

LASIK is an extremely safe, effective and popular, laser-guided vision correction procedure that is used to fix a variety of vision problems.

Perhaps you’re in search of a Detroit LASIK provider to find out if you’re a good candidate for treatment. Poor eyesight isn’t the only qualification for LASIK. An eye surgeon will need to consider several aspects of your health and lifestyle to determine if the procedure is appropriate.

You may be a great candidate for LASIK vision correction if you recognize yourself in the following statements:

You have certain vision issues.

LASIK is designed to correct “refractive errors” of the eye. The procedure is used to treat mild to moderate nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and over-40 vision (presbyopia). LASIK works by reshaping the cornea to focus light properly on the retina for sharper vision.

In some cases, LASIK may not be the best option for vision correction. For example, we also perform the ZEISS SMILE procedure – another advanced laser vision correction treatment – that may suit your eyes better than LASIK. Patients with cataracts or glaucoma would need to have those conditions addressed before or in conjunction with any other vision correction procedure like LASIK. 

You’re the right age.

LASIK and ZEISS SMILE are generally great options for nearsighted or farsighted individuals, as long as their eyes aren’t in the midst of changes. For this reason, most Detroit LASIK eye surgeons require a minimum age of 18 to 21 for vision correction. At this age, physical growth has stabilized, as have the structures of the eye. This stability helps your eye doctor ensure that your results will last.

Your eyes aren’t changing.

Your LASIK surgeon will want to be certain that your eyes aren’t changing for any reason, not just physical maturation. That means that women who are pregnant or nursing would not be considered good LASIK candidates. A woman’s body undergoes many temporary changes while carrying and caring for a baby, and that includes the structures of the eye.

In general, if you have been in the same eyeglasses or contact lens prescription for a year or more, your eyes are considered stable – putting you one step closer to being a candidate for LASIK.

You’re generally healthy.

If you have any acute or chronic health conditions that aren’t sufficiently managed, they could disrupt your body’s healing after LASIK. These conditions might include autoimmune diseases such as lupus or MS, HIV/AIDS, diabetes or rheumatic diseases. A laser eye surgeon would want to ensure your health is stable before performing a vision correction procedure. At the very least, an eye doctor can provide a thorough eye examination and work with you, your primary and specialty doctors to keep your eyes and body as healthy and functional as possible.

If your eye doctor determines you are a good candidate for LASIK, your doctor will tailor a vision correction plan that helps you achieve the best possible visual outcome. Start your own journey to visual freedom by booking a thorough eye exam and consultation, which you can do at Lake Lazer Eye Center here.

Lake Lazer Eye Center offers convenient and affordable payment plans for SoftTouch LASIK and the ZEISS SMILE procedure, and Dr. Khambati has helped thousands of Detroit LASIK patients and individuals from all over the world escape the restrictions of glasses and contacts. In the event that you’re not a candidate for vision correction, we’ll assist you with a contact lens evaluation or a selection of designer and specialty eyewear.