What Makes a Good LASIK Candidate?

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There are many criteria to consider if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery.
These are some of the criteria that we at Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center will evaluate when we examine your eyes. After all, it’s all about you and your eyes:

1. Your Prescription Must Be Within Certain Limits

Your prescription should fall within a certain range. If your prescription is extremely high, because of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, you may not be a good candidate for LASIK. Other procedures such as PRK [photorefractive keratectomy] or ASA [advanced surface ablation] or the EVO implantable collamer lens [ICL] might be right for you.

Your prescription should be stable for a year.

2. The Thickness of your Cornea

LASIK reshapes the cornea, the surface of your eye. The cornea must be thick enough for the surgery.

3. The Health of your Eyes

If you have or had other eye conditions and problems such as glaucoma or severe dry eye, you need to discuss them with us during your consultation and eye examination before your procedure. We will discuss how LASIK might affect your eyes with these conditions.

4. Conditions and Medications

Some conditions such as autoimmune diseases, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or other major illness may have an effect on healing or affect your eyes. They may change how you heal, slow healing or even prevent healing.

Some medications such as isoretinoin (Accutane), steroids and immunosuppressants may also prevent healing.

It is important to discuss any illnesses or medical conditions with us at your consultation.

5. Pupil Size

The size of your pupil is less important than it once was with LASIK. However, it may still influence certain side effects such as night glare and haloes after surgery. We will evaluate your pupil size prior to surgery.

Newer surgical techniques which personalize the treatments for your eyes such as iDesign refractive surgery LASIK and wavefront guided LASIK may help to minimize night vision complaints. In the FDA studies of wavefront guided LASIK [CustomVue] LASIK, participants were four times more likely to say that they were satisfied with their night vision after Custom Vue LASIK surgery than before with glasses and/or contact lenses.


6. Your general health is important.

You should be healthy

7. Age

You must be at least 18 years old. In addition to age, your eyes must have a stable prescription.

There is no upper age limit for LASIK. Clear vision with glasses or contact lenses is needed and your eyes should be healthy.

8. Pregnant or Nursing

If you are pregnant or nursing you should wait to have LASIK surgery.

9. Expectations

After your eye exam, you and the doctors at Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center will discuss the results of your eye exam, your activities and lifestyle and what you want from the surgery. If you are one of the many people who are a good candidate for successful LASIK eye surgery, the expected benefits and potential risks of the recommended surgery will also be discussed. You will be able to set realistic expectations.

About 19 million people have had LASIK surgery1 and recent studies report a success rate of 99% for improving vision to at least 20/40 and patient satisfaction. In the CustomVue FDA LASIK study for low to moderate myopia with and without astigmatism, 94% of individuals achieved 20/20 or better vision and 74% experienced better than 20/20 vision.2

  1. https://www.statista.com/statistics/271478/number-of-lasik-surgeries-in-the-us/
  2. https://www.clearvieweyes.com/files/fda-patient-information-booklet-customvue-low-myopia.pdf

Dr. Feldman believes that laser correction surgery is personal. She is passionate about helping you to achieve your goals of clear vision. That is why our consultation and examination are thorough. With the advanced LASIK laser technology, her surgical expertise and a caring, dedicated team, Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center takes pride in delivering superb care for your eyes and you.

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