How to Know if You Are A LASIK Eye Surgery Candidate
People with blurry vision often begin to evaluate if they meet the requirements for LASIK eye surgery. The best way to determine if you are an ideal LASIK eye surgery candidate is to schedule a consultation with a reputable LASIK eye surgeon. During your initial consultation with Dr. Mozayeni at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, he will evaluate your vision, the health of your eyes and analyze your corneas. With this information and after having a conversation with you, the patient, Dr. Mozayeni can then determine if you are an ideal candidate for laser vision correction.
1. Vision Evaluation
During an initial LASIK eye surgery consultation, an eye care specialist will examine a patient’s general vision status. This vision evaluation will include current vision, vision history, status and health. Certain people with blurry vision may not be a LASIK eye surgery candidate or be qualified to receive any of the other types of eye surgery for a variety of reasons. Should a patient’s prescription be in the correctable range to qualify for LASIK, the LASIK surgeon will discuss additional vision details.
2. Prescription Stability
People evaluating whether they are a LASIK eye surgery candidate must have a stable prescription, which means their prescription has not changed for at least one year. This is a critical qualifier for receiving LASIK. Because our eyes change for a variety of reasons throughout our lives, having LASIK eye surgery with an unstable prescription risks short-term success. Long-term success for vision correction is always the goal at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists.
It is important for patients with unstable prescriptions to not give up hope for becoming a LASIK eye surgery candidate in the future. Regularly visiting your eye care specialist means patients can track prescription stability over time, which may lead to a LASIK procedure down the road.
3. Structure of Your Cornea
If a patient’s vision prescription makes them a good candidate for LASIK, a LASIK specialist will evaluate your corneas via corneal mapping. (See image above) Using the state-of-the-art FDA-approved Pentacam (not typically available at most practices), our LASIK eye surgeon at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists can conclude whether you are a suitable LASIK eye surgery candidate based on the strength, shape and, structural integrity of your cornea. The Pentacam allows LASIK eye surgeons like Dr. Mozayeni to measure up to 25,000 corneal elevation points. This is an important attribute that helps doctors examine every aspect like the thickness and general topography of someone’s cornea. If a patient has a stable corneal structure thick enough to undergo laser-based reshaping, LASIK eye surgery may be the best treatment over other types of eye surgery for blurry vision.
In addition to the three considerations for LASIK eye candidacy that we outlined, many personal factors are involved in determining if LASIK eye surgery is the best vision correction option for you. If you are a LASIK eye surgery candidate, make sure to have the procedure with a trustworthy LASIK eye surgeon who is highly trained, experienced, and an open communicator. Doing online research, reading reviews and talking to friends and family can also be very beneficial when making this an important decision.
If you are interested in learning whether you are a LASIK eye surgery candidate, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Mozayeni at Providence Eye.