With increasing awareness about LASIK treatment, more and more people are interested in getting it done. As the procedure is known to treat refractive vision problems like myopia and presbyopia effectively, both adults and adolescents are curious about its results.
However, LASIK treatment may not be for all. As disappointing as it may sound, a good candidate for LASIK treatment must have certain qualities that will determine the outcome of the surgery.
Your eye health
Any eye conditions like dry eye syndrome, conjunctivitis, infections, and injuries must be resolved before you appear for a LASIK surgery. People who have suffered from dry eyes will not have enough tears to keep the eyes lubricated after the surgery, which may lead to infections.
Ideally, it is best to get these conditions treated beforehand so that chances for complications are less during and after the surgery. Your eye health is very important for the subsequent healing as well.
Your general health
Contrary to popular belief, your general health also matters when it comes to LASIK treatment. People with pre-existing conditions like uncontrolled autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes are recommended against the surgery as their conditions, or their medications may interfere with the healing process.
If your immune system is weak, your eye will take a lot of time to heal, or in worst cases, might develop secondary infections during the recovery period.
Your corneal thickness
As the LASIK treatment involves the reshaping of your cornea to correct your refractive issues, you must have sufficient corneal thickness. If the surgery is performed on a cornea that is too thin or has an irregular surface, it may lead to vision impairment.
Patients with low corneal thickness can opt for other techniques like implantable lenses after consulting with our eye specialist.
Your prescription limits
If your eye prescription is very high, you may not be considered a good candidate for LASIK treatment. People with high refractive errors may not get desired results from the procedure.
Besides, removing high amounts of corneal tissue to correct the effects of myopia may risk other vision complications in the future.
Your age matters when choosing to undergo a LASIK treatment. Patients under the age of 18 need the permission of parents or guardian to undergo surgery as there is a risk attached to the surgery.
Further, the procedure can only be done once your eyesight stabilizes, which might not be the case for teenagers. During the growing age, there is a high probability for the vision to keep changing.
This is why people younger than 18, and in some cases, 21, are advised against the surgery. In any case, the vision must be stable for 12 months, at least for you to be considered a good candidate for the treatment.
On the other end, people above the age of 40 who appear for myopia correction may require normal reading glasses in the future for presbyopia.
While these factors affect your candidature and the outcome of your LASIK treatment, there is one thing that everyone should keep in mind. While the vast majority attain a 20/20 vision in both eyes after the treatment, the results may vary from person to person due to individual factors.
The only sure way to know whether you are a good candidate for the procedure or not is to consult with our eye specialist and undergo a comprehensive eye test.