Who Can Have LASIK Surgery?

Are you over the age of 18? Do you wear glasses or contacts? Has your vision been stable for more than a year?  If you can answer yes to these three questions, then you may be a good candidate for laser vision correction surgery.

You hear people talking about it all the time at the gym, a cocktail party, in the office: vision correction surgery, often referred to as LASIK. People often wonder if they can have LASIK surgery. The only way you will ever know is to have a thorough LASIK consultation conducted by an expert LASIK surgeon.

So who can have vision correction surgery?

  • According to the FDA you must be 18 years or older.
  • Your vision should be stable for more than 1 year. If you vision has not stabilized, the risk is higher that your LASIK results will not last.
  • You wear corrective lenses for distance.

Some people assume they can’t have LASIK due to astigmatism, or their vision is too bad, or not bad enough.  None of these reasons typically come into play when determining if you are a candidate for LASIK.  Certain individuals may have specific vision issues that will disqualify them as a candidate, but these issues cannot be identified until an expert LASIK surgeon examines you.

Who cannot have LASIK vision correction? There are many factors a LASIK surgeon will look at when evaluating someone to see if they are a good candidate for LASIK. Some factors will make you an immediate non-candidate.  A few examples are:

  • You have cataracts or the onset of cataracts. The cataract must be taken care of first by a cataract surgeon.  Once that issue is resolved LASIK may be a possibility.
  • Your vision is not stable.
  • You cornea is too thin. This can only be identified by specialized corneal mapping to be conducted by your LASIK surgeon’s technicians.

The first step is to make the call to schedule a LASIK consultation. At a reputable practice, you should not be pressured into anything. The appointment should be educational. If you have not had any previous eye surgery, most surgeons offer complimentary consultations. However, beware not all consultations are created equal. You should always meet your surgeon during your consultation and it should include a dilated exam. At Providence Eye & Laser Specialists this is what you can expect during your consultation with Dr. Mozayeni.