What If I’m Not A Good LASIK Candidate?

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Are you worried that you are not a good candidate for LASIK? Did your doctor say that LASIK is not the right fit? That’s okay!

There are other vision correction procedures that you may qualify for instead. About 25% of candidates doctors see are not approved.

Keep reading to learn what your other options may be besides LASIK!

What are some reasons you might not be a good candidate for LASIK?


LASIK is an FDA regulated procedure. You have to be 18 or older to qualify for the procedure based on age.

If you are under 18, you are not a good candidate. Your vision changes while you are a child and a teenager. Getting LASIK while your vision isn’t stable is a waste of time and money.

Currently Pregnant or Planning on Becoming Pregnant:

Changes in hormone levels can change your vision. Getting LASIK before or after pregnancy is not advised because of this.

Some vision changes from pregnancy can include dry eyes, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. Also, to perform the procedure, your eyes need to be dilated.

The medications that do this can be easily absorbed into the body and could hurt your unborn child.

Unstable Prescription:

To qualify for LASIK you need to have a stable prescription. It has to be stable for at least a year before you can undergo LASIK.

Not In Good Health:

In order for your body to heal post-surgery, you need to be healthy. Some medical conditions can make it difficult for your body to heal.

Some of these conditions are autoimmune conditions, diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts and more. Also, you cannot have infections or injuries because they can impact your vision.

This can also include having dry eye syndrome. LASIK will make the symptoms from this condition worse.

What other laser eye surgery options exist?

There are laser eye surgery options that exist for candidates that do not qualify for LASIK. They include:


PRK was the first laser eye surgery procedure. The thin outer layer of the eye is removed, and a laser is then used to reshape the cornea to refract light correctly.

Post-surgery, you will wear a soft contact that acts as a bandage while your eye heals. Within a few days, the surface repairs itself and the contact is removed.

PRK has similar results to LASIK. Patients get 20/20 or 20/40 vision post-surgery.


During this procedure, the surgeon separates the outer layer of the cornea from the rest of it. This lets the doctor see the cornea and reshape it using a laser.

It might be a good option for patients with irregularly shaped or thinner corneas. This is usually more effective for patients who are very nearsighted.

Intraocular Lenses (IOLs):

IOLS are another option for patients with thin and irregularly shaped corneas. They are also a good option for those who are very nearsighted.

IOLs are implanted into the eye by replacing the natural lens. There is a range of IOLs to address different needs. You and your doctor will pick the IOL that is best for you. An IOL is usually implanted during cataract surgery or RLE.

Even if you are not a good candidate for LASIK, there are other laser eye surgery options. Are you ready to discuss if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery?

Schedule an appointment at SightMD in Long Island, NY today!

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