LASIK surgery can be one of the greatest decisions you make. The benefits to this procedure can be life-changing. You can achieve clear, sharp vision and eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. However, the success of your LASIK procedure is highly dependent on whether you are a good candidate.
The good news is that virtually every patient who comes to our office inquiring about LASIK is a good candidate. Dr. Chris Walton uses the most advanced technology available, which significantly broadens the number of people who can be considered candidates for LASIK.
The best way to determine whether LASIK eye surgery is right for you is to speak with Alabama eye surgeon, Dr. Walton. Please call (251) 250-0668 today to schedule a free LASIK consultation and diagnostic exam at our Mobile ophthalmology office.
Basic Criteria for LASIK Candidacy
Recent advances in LASIK technology allow people with just about any severity of refractive error to benefit from the procedure. There is no prescription that is too strong for LASIK. However, there are certain basic criteria that you must meet in order to be considered a good LASIK candidate:
- Over the age of 18
- Stable vision prescription for at least a year prior to undergoing LASIK
- No eye infections or injuries for at least one year
- No corneal scarring
- Have no autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis
- Have healthy eyes
- Have corneas that are thick enough to accommodate the creation of a corneal flap
If your corneas are too thin for LASIK, Dr. Walton may recommend an alternative procedure such as PRK in order to achieve your vision correction goals.
In addition, patients with dry eyes should discuss this issue with Dr. Walton during their consultation. While having dry eyes doesn't rule you out as a candidate for LASIK, Dr. Walton may want to pre-treat you with artificial tears or Restasis to reduce the risk of LASIK complications associated with dry eyes.
Lifestyle Considerations Impacting LASIK Candidacy
The following lifestyle factors won't rule you out as a LASIK candidate, but they should be considered when determining the right time to move forward with your procedure:
- Pregnancy -- Women who are pregnant or nursing may want to delay their procedure until they are no longer nursing since hormone changes can impact vision quality.
- Contact sports -- If you engage in contact sports, you need to be careful following LASIK since a serious blow to the eye region may increase your risk of complications. It is best to either take a few days off from participating in contact sports to allow your eyes time to fully heal or if possible, have LASIK in the off-season.
Please contact Dr. Chris Walton today to schedule your free LASIK consultation. We serve patients in Mobile, Alabama, and the nearby Gulf Coast area.