Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK?

By Court
If you’ve lived your whole life wearing glasses or contacts, you’ve probably only dreamt of what it would be like to see without vision correctors. Imagine waking up in the morning not having to squint to find your glasses, or have your eyes dry out from overwearing contacts. Imagine all the money you can save over the years. If you’re considering getting LASIK vision correction in or around Twin Falls County, ID, contact Monson Vision to set up a consultation with a certified optometrist. LASIK is a dream come true for many people with vision problems. This simple, non-invasive procedure promises incredible results for those looking to correct their vision. However, LASIK is not perfect for everyone. To ensure this surgery will genuinely work like it’s supposed to, candidates must meet certain criteria to be qualified. 

Aged 18+

LASIK is only FDA approved for patients 18 and up. Those who are not of age are still experiencing physical changes, vision included. Suitable LASIK candidates must have stable vision, something that is not guaranteed in children and teens. However, modern-day scientists are experimenting with performing LASIK on children with rare vision disorders. Most doctors agree that the ideal LASIK candidate is between 25-40 years old. Eyes don’t fully develop until 25 years of age and will start to deteriorate after 40 years of age due to common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, dry eye, etc. Therefore, LASIK offers the most benefits to those aged between 25 and 40. 

Stable Prescription

LASIK is not a magic fix for all vision problems. In fact, LASIK surgery works by reshaping the cornea to correct the eyes’ refractive error(s), including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. However, vision could continue to deteriorate after LASIK, especially if the eyes haven’t fully developed or due to old-age. To make sure that LASIK will truly benefit the patient, most doctors require vision to be stable for at least 2-3 years before considering the procedure. A patient’s prescription can also not exceed +6.00D for those who are farsighted, 6.00D for those with astigmatism, or -12.00D for those who are nearsighted. 

Good General and Eye Health

Patients who are considering LASIK must have good general health, as well as relatively good eye health. Health conditions, such as autoimmune disease and immune dysfunction, and their medications can increase the risks of complications with LASIK. In addition, certain eye diseases such as keratoconus, persistent dry eye, presbyopia, etc., will worsen the outcome of LASIK and are therefore not considered viable for surgery. Women who are pregnant or nursing are advised to wait until their nursing period is over as pregnancy hormones in their system could alter their vision. 

No False Expectations

LASIK is pretty great, but it doesn’t mean you’ll have 20/20 vision forever. In fact, few people might never achieve 20/20 vision with LASIK if they have severe vision impairment. Many patients wonder if LASIK is a temporary solution to vision problems. The answer is YES! However, the body and eyes will continue to change even after LASIK, and eventually, everyone will suffer from common old-age vision problems.  You don’t have to wear glasses or contacts for the rest of your life. Our bladeless LASIK surgery, available for those in Twin Falls County, ID, and Davis County, UT, is performed by a highly experienced and professional team that guarantees incredible results. Contact Monson Vision for more information today. 
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