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Are You a Candidate for Lasik Surgery?

Many people are qualified to undergo LASIK surgery. However, only a few candidates are interested to take an eye examination. Little did they know that LASIK surgery brings a lot of benefits to improve one’s eyesight.

If you want to find out whether you are qualified for this procedure or not, then this article will be of great help. Start by answering the questions below to know if you are qualified.

Are you at least 18 years old?

Younger patients who wish to undergo LASIK surgery may not be qualified since their vision can still change over time. Patients who are 21 years old and above may be qualified for laser eye surgery to cure moderate up to severe nearsightedness. This is regardless of whether they have or do not have astigmatism. Those who have mild  to moderate farsightedness may also be candidates for this procedure.

Are your eyes healthy?

Your eyes should be free of any corneal abnormalities or eye diseases. This includes scars or infections as this may affect the outcome of the procedure.

Can you comfortably lie flat without discomfort?

Depending on your eye condition, the whole LASIK surgery can take about 10-30 minutes to finish. It will also be done while you are lying down. This will also require you to have your eyes fixed on a single point of light for a few minutes. Modern lasers that are used for LASIK have improved algorithm to track your eye movement but it will still help if you can fixate at a certain spot while the procedure is ongoing in order to get the best results.

Will you be okay to stop wearing contact lenses?

You will need to stop wearing prescription contact lenses for about 1-4 weeks prior to you eye examination and actual surgery. This is because contact lenses can change the shape of your cornea, thereby affecting the results when an eye doctor determines your candidacy for LASIK. Being out of your soft contact lenses for 3 days and hard contact lenses for at least 1 week  is recommended before you have your LASIK consultation or procedure.

Are you okay with signing an informed consent form provided by the eye care center?

Most reputable LASIK service providers will give you an informed consent to sign in order to ensure you understand the entire procedure as well as the potential risks associated with it. When given this consent, read it thoroughly and give yourself some time to check the detail so you can see if you have questions about the procedure.