LASIK has become a common thing in recent years. But just because it’s considered common, don’t think everyone can get LASIK.
LASIK is a surgery, and you must be a good candidate to undergo it. Keep reading to learn helpful LASIK candidacy truths to follow!
1. What kind of person is a good LASIK candidate?
This is a great question because although LASIK is life-changing, it’s not for everyone. The only way to know if you’re a good candidate for LASIK is to come in for a LASIK consultation.
At SightMD, you’ll have a comprehensive eye exam with one of our LASIK surgeons. Before your consultation, here are some factors we consider:
- You’ve had a refractive error (like nearsightedness) for a year or more
- You are at least 18 years old
- Your eyes are healthy and you don’t have any vision conditions
- You do not have an uncontrolled autoimmune disease
- You do not have an uncontrolled degenerative disease
- You are generally healthy
- You are not pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or lactating
2. Is it true that patients who did not qualify for LASIK in the past may qualify now?
YES! LASIK has advanced since it was FDA approved. There are more state-of-the-art technologies available, making LASIK easier to qualify for.
However, this does not mean that everyone will be a good candidate for LASIK now. Thanks to wavefront technology, custom LASIK makes the procedure more accessible.
Patients with thin corneas or severe refractive errors may qualify for the procedure! If you have not qualified as a good LASIK candidate in the past because of these reasons, you may be accepted now.
3. Why can patients with thin corneas have LASIK now?
Another great question. Before custom or bladeless LASIK was created, it was much too risky to perform LASIK on thin corneas.
A main part of LASIK involves creating a flap to correct refractive errors. Before for patients with thin corneas, this could have resulted in severe complications.
Now that these sophisticated technologies are available, patients with thinner corneas are safe. Traditional LASIK used blades and removing a small amount of corneal tissue.
Bladeless LASIK is just that—bladeless! 2 lasers, called an excimer laser and a microkeratome laser, are used instead. These lasers help reshape the cornea without blades. This makes the procedure safer for people with thinner corneas.
4. Why can’t I get LASIK if I’m planning on becoming pregnant?
LASIK surgeons recommend waiting to get LASIK until they have finished having children. This is due to fluctuating hormones causing temporary vision changes during pregnancy.
Though these vision changes are temporary, getting LASIK while pregnant is not advised. You must have a stable refractive error at least 12 months before the procedure.
If your eyes are changing while having children, your results will not be precise. For the best possible results, you should wait to get LASIK until you’re done having children.
If you have recently had a child and want LASIK, you need to wait until you have completed breastfeeding. Your eyes may continue fluctuating from hormones while breastfeeding.
It’s best to wait until you have been done breastfeeding for at least 3 months before getting LASIK.
Want to find out more about LASIK in Long Island? Schedule your LASIK consultation at one of SightMD’s 23 convenient locations today!