The vast majority of our patients who seek LASIK surgery are good candidates. If they are not, then in some cases it may only be necessary to let some time pass. An ideal candidate is in good general health, has an active and healthy lifestyle, has no pre-existing eye diseases, and has realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure. This being said, your candidacy can only be determined after a thorough eye examination from one of our ophthalmologists.
As of now, you must be at least 18 years old to undergo the procedure. However, we often recommend that our patients wait until after the age of 21, as the eye is still changing during this time. If you have unhealthy, scarred, or thin corneas, cataracts, glaucoma, extreme dry eye, a history of herpes infection in the eye, or any other recent eye infection or injury, you will not be a good candidate. Sufferers of lupus, HIV, or other autoimmune disorders are not good candidates. LASIK is also not recommended for women who are pregnant due to the effect fluctuating hormones have on refractive errors. Furthermore, we do not like to perform LASIK on anyone who has had a considerable increase in their prescription over the previous year.
Certain careers, occupations, and employers prohibit LASIK surgery. Be sure to check your employer's rules and regulations regarding LASIK before choosing to get the surgery. LASIK is irreversible, so if you aspire toward a career that may prohibit the procedure, be sure to do your research. Our doctors know which occupations do not allow LASIK and will be able to help you make your decision. If your current or future occupation does not allow LASIK, then there may be other options available to reduce your dependency on glasses or contacts.
A thorough eye exam will be necessary in order to determine your candidacy for LASIK. If you live in the New Jersey area and want to reduce your dependency on glasses or contacts, please contact us today to schedule an exam.