Dr. Jeffery J. Machat: Hello! I am Dr. Jeff Machat, Medical Director of Crystal Clear Vision. Today I am going to discuss who is a good candidate for LASIK.
There are several considerations for possible LASIK patients; your eye health. Both eyes have to be healthy, no sign of any disease like keratoconus or cataract. You can simply see your own optometrist or ophthalmologist for this assessment. Your general health needs to be good as well. No diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. You need to have a full eye examination, with your prescription measurement done with and without eyedrops. This should be compared to your last prescription to ensure that your eyes are stable and that the prescription is not still changing. I usually do not recommend that anyone under 21 have LASIK. There isn't a definitive upper age limit, but once people hit their 60s, there may be other procedures that are better suited for them Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you must have realistic expectations. This means understanding that the results may not give you perfect vision at every distance, but simply make your eyes dramatically better and less dependent upon glasses or contact lenses. Equally important is that you understand that no matter how small the risk of problems are with Premium LASIK, problems can and do occur. It is surgery, there are simply no guarantees. It takes most people more than a year to mentally prepare for surgery, but once you are ready, you should speak with your optometrist and find an experienced LASIK surgeon that performs high quality LASIK procedures.