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Are You A Good Candidate For LASIK Eye Surgery?

March 12, 2013

Signs that you might be a great candidate for this beneficial vision procedure.

LASIK Eye Surgery has come a long way since the first procedure was performed in 1989. Through the growth in both laser technology and the understanding of vision in general, eye doctors are now able to perform this life-changing procedure on people with many different vision conditions and prescriptions. The results being better eyesight and a more comfortable daily life for almost everyone who undergoes LASIK surgery.

However, as with any complicated medical procedure, LASIK Eye Surgery may not always be the best option for everyone with vision problems. You must first meet with your eye doctor to ensure that you are a prime candidate for this procedure and that there are not any other complications or vision problems that may keep you from achieving optimal results post-surgery.


While your eye doctor is the only person who can tell you for sure whether or not you are a good candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery, there are several preliminary factors that can give you a better idea at home if LASIK may be right for you. Here are just a few signs that you might be a great candidate for this beneficial vision procedure:

You Have Realistic Expectations About The Procedure

Just as with any surgery or medical procedure, there are sometimes complications or other factors that may keep you from achieving perfect results. Therefore, even though modern LASIK surgery is extremely safe and has a very low rate of complications, it is still important that you are realistic about the low, but real risk of surgical complications that might come with LASIK.

Your Vision Is Stable

In order to achieve the best results with LASIK, your vision and prescription should remain the same for at least a year before you undergo corrective surgery. Therefore, people who are in there early 20s or younger are often persuaded to wait until their vision has stabilized before they undergo LASIK. This is because new changes could develop with your eyesight if your prescription gets stronger, such as more myopic, more hyperopic or more astigmatism.

You Do Not Actively Participate In Contact Sports

When you undergo LASIK Eye Surgery, there is a lifelong risk that comes along that involves the LASIK flap dislocating if there is significant trauma to the eye. Therefore, people who participate in serious contact sports (boxing, wrestling, martial arts, etc.) may not typically be great candidates for LASIK because of the risk of physical impact that come with these sports. In these cases, other refractive surgeries, such as surface ablation, may be a better choice for your lifestyle.

While these three factors may help you determine whether or not you are a good candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery, the true test will be what you find out during a consultation with your eye doctor. Contact OCLI today to schedule an appointment and find out if you make a good candidate for LASIK.


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