LASIK is a simple procedure that can restore normal eyesight in most cases. Read more to know your eligibility.
Are you thinking about getting LASIK for yourself? Did you know whether you are eligible for undergoing LASIK treatment? Do you know if getting LASIK surgery might help you see better? Before choosing to have Lasik surgery, you probably need to have a thorough conversation with your ophthalmologist if you don’t know the answers to all the questions above.
Not everyone qualifies for LASIK surgery. There are a number of factors that ophthalmologists consider when determining if LASIK surgery is appropriate for a patient and whether it will improve vision with no or few problems..
If all of the tests conducted for both quantitative (refraction) and qualitative (quality of vision) functions indicate that you are a candidate for LASIK, Dr. Anchal Gupta, our LASIK surgeon, will advise you right away after the LASIK evaluation.
The person undergoing LASIK surgery should not have such conditions that result in post-surgical complications. Some conditions also interfere with the outcome of the surgery. These conditions include progressive vision deterioration, keratoconus, ocular infections such as uveitis, keratitis, and herpes simplex, dry eyes indicated by less production of tears, ocular injuries, glaucoma, cataract, and lid disorders. People with large pupil may experience halos, glare and ghost images after surgery.
Before LASIK surgery, the patient undergoes a thorough health checkup in addition to having healthy eyes. The patient’s eye needs time to recover from LASIK surgery. Throughout the healing process, the immune system is important.
The patient may not be qualified to have LASIK surgery if he has any condition that affects the immune system’s function, including rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, systemic lupus erythematosus, and several other autoimmune disorders.
A person cannot choose to get LASIK surgery if they have hypertension, severe diabetes, heart issues that necessitate a pacemaker, or other vascular disorders.
Only once a patient has experienced steady eyesight for a significant amount of time may LASIK surgery be carried out. The vision would gradually deteriorate during a person’s adolescence if they had myopia. Additionally, a number of other conditions, including pregnancy, nursing, and long-term steroid usage, can adversely affect vision.
Another crucial factor in determining LASIK surgery eligibility is age. Myopic individuals experience regular visual alterations up until age 18. Thus, before choosing to have LASIK surgery, the patient must be at least 21 years old.
Although there is no upper age limit for LASIK, those over 40 may have presbyopia, which impairs their ability to see objects up close. Although it is not an issue that precludes LASIK surgery, this could affect the results.
The patient’s eyesight should be measured prior to LASIK surgery. It is advised that those whose vision falls between the following range be qualified for LASIK surgery:
Nearsightedness: up to -12 diopters
Farsightedness: up to +6 diopters
Astigmatism: up to 6 diopters
After examining your eye health and general health, Dr. Anchal Gupta will give you the best advice on whether you are a candidate for LASIK surgery and if it will produce the desired outcomes.
Also, there are other ways of removing glasses except LASIK. Visit us to get a comprehensive eye checkup to see your candidacy and discuss with our doctor.