Am I A LASIK Candidate?

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Have you been wearing glasses and contacts your entire life? Do you ever wonder what life would be like without them?

Even though glasses and contacts help improve your vision, they can be inconvenient. If any of these thoughts have crossed your mind, it’s definitely time to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK.

Since LASIK is not medically necessary, it is considered an elective surgery. You have to figure out if the benefits outweigh the risks. It’s also important to learn what corrective procedure is best.

LASIK may not be the right procedure for you. One of the most important things you need to consider is the surgeon’s recommendation.

15% – 20% of patients are not considered good candidates for LASIK eye surgery. Keep reading for some guidelines that surgeons use when determining a LASIK candidate!

Good General Health

Certain health conditions and medications can make the recovery process complicated. LASIK is not ideal if you have one of them.

It is important that patients share their entire medical history with the surgeon. This is the only way they can make an educated decision.

FDA Treatment Guidelines

To get LASIK, you have to meet the FDA prescription treatment guidelines. At most, it can be up to +6.00 diopters of hyperopia, up to 6 diopters of astigmatism and up to -12.00 diopters of nearsightedness.

Good Eye Health and Prescription Stability

Anyone considering LASIK must be at least 18 and have mature eyes. 18 is the earliest that the FDA has approved LASIK.

Also, patients must have a stable vision for at least a year to two consecutive years. To have stable vision, this means that your prescription must remain unchanged.

It also is important that you have healthy eyes. They need to be free of diseases, infections, and injuries.

Having healthy eyes is important for the procedure and making sure that they heal.

Cornea Shape

LASIK fixes your vision by changing your cornea’s shape. The cornea is the part of the eye that focuses light to create an image on your retina.

If the cornea is the wrong shape or abnormally thin, the procedure might not be as effective. During your LASIK consultation, the thickness and shape of your cornea are measured.

Your LASIK surgeon does this to make sure that they can reshape your cornea enough to get the right results.

Manage Procedure Outlook

There are limitations to what LASIK can do. Before undergoing the procedure, it’s important to have realistic expectations.

Uneducated patients about the process may not get their desired results. The whole process needs to be explained to you, so you understand everything in the consent form.

Make sure that you ask your surgeon all your questions, so you have the best experience possible.

Are you ready to schedule a LASIK consultation? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Stahl Eyecare Experts in Manhattan, NY today!

Isn’t it time to see the world without any distractions or things standing in your way? LASIK is the way to do it!


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If you are seeking a Long Island LASIK specialist, the eye doctors at Stahl Eyecare Experts would like to offer you a great opportunity in laser eye surgery. Brought to you by professional, experienced Long Island LASIK surgeons, our one-of-a-kind medical facility brings not only cutting-edge technology, but experienced hands in ophthalmology as well. Helping you achieve your personal best vision is mission critical at our Long Island LASIK office. If LASIK cost is something that has been holding you back please feel free to review our options regarding LASIK Financing. We are dedicated to providing the best in patient education so that our patients can make a well-educated decision as to whether or not LASIK would be a good vision correction option. Remember, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. This is precisely why you need to have an experienced LASIK surgeon in Long Island evaluate you to make sure that this is the right eye surgery procedure for you! If LASIK is not the best procedure for you, we offer other ophthalmology procedures such as cataract surgery to help you see better. If you are seeking a Long Island cataract surgeon we are happy to offer cataract consultations to educate you about this process and determine your vision correction options.

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