Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Eye Surgery?


There are a numerous types of laser eye surgeries that treat various conditions. If you have one of the three most common vision problems – myopia, hyperopia, or an astigmatism – then it is likely that you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. At King LASIK, we perform custom LASIK, a procedure that can completely eliminate these conditions as well as several specific complications to them. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK is to get a free consultation appointment. However, you should also review the specific characteristics that influence whether or not a person is likely to be a viable LASIK candidate.

Who is a Good Candidate for LASIK

LASIK is a two-step process that involves creating a flap in the cornea with a laser and then reshaping the surface of the cornea to correct the refractive error or errors that cause nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms. It is suited for most people with these three main refractive errors because they are caused by problems with the cornea’s shape and how it bends and refracts light. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are the most common types of vision problems. So bladeless custom LASIK laser eye surgery is an effective vision correction strategy for most people who need glasses or contact lenses.

The first step to clear vision is a comprehensive evaluation of your vision to determine if you are truly a good candidate for LASIK. You can use your prescription as a good rule of thumb to determine if you will benefit from LASIK. LASIK is usually effective for:

  • Nearsightedness – prescriptions of 0.75 to -12.00
  • Farsightedness – prescriptions of +0.75 to +4.50
  • Astigmatism – prescriptions of +/-0.75 to +/-6.00
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However, people with prescriptions outside this range may still be viable candidates. LASIK can be used to perform surgery on eyes that need a prescription of up to -14.00, given the right conditions. Other aspects of corneal shape, such as the thickness of the cornea, are significant in how safe and effective LASIK can be. Very thin corneas increase the risks of other complications from surgery. At your initial evaluation we will determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. Typically only 10 to 15 percent of patients are not good candidates for this procedure.

There are a few other criteria you can use to assess your viability for LASIK assuming you fall within those ranges. General health, age, and eye health top the list. Ideal candidates are typically over 19 years of age, and at King LASIK we have treated patients up the mid 70’s successfully. The most important factors for a person’s viability are whether or not their prescription is stable and their overall eye health. Also, the more eye problems and general health conditions you have, the less likely you are to be a candidate for the procedure.

At King LASIK we are confident that we can help improve blurry vision for the vast majority of people with these three main conditions. So it is important to remember that these rough rules are only guidelines. A consultation at King LASIK is the best way to figure out if you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery. If you have myopia, hyperopia, or an astigmatism and are in decent health, you have a good chance of benefitting from laser eye surgery and freeing yourself from glasses and contacts forever.

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