Determining whether LASIK is the right surgery for you

Published by Lance Kugler, MD on May 18, 2012

Every year, millions of Americans experience the life changing benefits of LASIK. The excellent success rate of laser vision correction can partly be attributed to the detailed patient screening conducted prior to a LASIK procedure. Though many interested patients are ideal candidates for refractive surgery, there are a few important factors to consider before seeking approval.

1) Vision should be stable for at least a year

  • Stable vision means there has been minimal change in the glasses prescription for at least one year. Ideally, eyes should also be free of injuries and infections, including retinal diseases, eye inflammation and herpes of the eye.

2) Eyes should be fully developed

  • Maturation of the eye depends on the individual. LASIK is best performed when young adult eyes are fully developed at approximately age 18.

3) Patients should not be pregnant or nursing

  • Pregnant or nursing women may undergo hormonal changes that could affect their vision stability and success of LASIK.

4) Patients should not have an autoimmune disease

  • Some autoimmune disorders, including Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Crohn’s Disease or Rheumatoid Arthritis, may interfere with a patient’s ability to heal after LASIK. In these cases, other surgical options are best.

5) The cornea is healthy and has sufficient thickness

  • Creation of the corneal flap and reshaping of the cornea may be affected if the cornea is abnormal or scarred. A scarred cornea is often the result of Keratoconus, a degenerative disorder that causes the eye’s structure to change and the cornea to thin and become conical shape. There are several alternative vision correction options to accommodate patients with a thin or abnormal cornea. Dr. Kugler and Dr. Schlichtemeier perform a very thorough evaluation and will customize the treatment plan to fit each patient’s unique needs. Discover if you’re a possible LASIK patient by taking a Candidate Self Test online.
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