In most cases, LASIK can treat severe degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Candidates must have realistic expectations about their results. LASIK is not right for everyone. The goal of LASIK is to reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses. LASIK does not guarantee 20/20 vision, however, most cases are certainly successful in improving one's visual acuity.
To be a potential candidate for LASIK you must meet the following:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Your eyes need to be healthy; no glaucoma, cataracts or corneal disease
- May not be nursing or pregnant
- Not continuously suffer from dry eyes
- Have any eye infections or injury
- Vision must be stable for at least 1 year prior to procedure date
*Corneal thickness will also play an important role in determining if you are a proper candidate for LASIK. Only an in-depth examination of your eyes, your individual case, your expectations and your lifestyle by an experienced, licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist can determine if you are a candidate for LASIK.
Prior to your LASIK consultation and LASIK procedure, you must be contact lens free for a minimum of 14 days. Situations will vary. The reason for this is to ensure corneal stability prior to the LASIK procedure.