Ideal Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery

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LASIK: Criteria to Undergo Surgery

Lasik eye surgery is the most commonly performed type of surgery for laser vision correction. Lasik is a very effective and safe treatment for common vision problems. A high technology laser is used by an ophthalmologist to reshape the cornea of the in order to correct the vision. Lasik is an often painless and a quick procedure, and for most patients, vision is improved and the need to wear glasses or contact lenses is reduced after they have had the surgery. However, since this surgical procedure is conducted on such a delicate part of the eye, it is vital for patients to understand whether or not they are an ideal candidate for laser eye surgery.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Laser Vision Correction Surgery?Although many people can be considered good candidates for Lasik, some do not meet the medical criteria that are crucial to ensure a safe and successful procedure. Even if some people do not meet the criteria given the technology of today, with the advancement of technology and development of new techniques, they may be deemed good candidates in the future.
Ophthalmologists always conduct a thorough examination in order to help determine whether or not they are a good candidate to undergo the Lasik procedure. There are a variety of conditions and circumstances based on which a person may fall into the ideal Lasik candidate category.

The Ideal Lasik Candidate
Patients who meet the following criteria can be cleared for laser vision correction surgery:
• Needs to be over the age of 18 and must have had a stable contact lens or glasses prescription for at least 2 years.
• Should have adequate corneal thickness. The cornea of the patient must be so thick that a clean corneal flap of relevant depth can be safely created by the surgeon.
• Has a common type of vision problem or refractor error, such as astigmatism (blurred vision), hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), or a combination of these, such as myopia with astigmatism.
• Does not suffer of any disease, regardless whether or not related to vision. This is because the patient may not be able to heal properly and quickly or the surgery may not turn out to be effective.
• Should be aware of the benefits and risks of the Lasik procedure. Candidates should have a thorough discussion with their physicians about the procedure and their only expectation should be a reduced dependency on contact lenses or glasses.
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San Diego Ophthalmologist