Am I a Candidate for Refractive Surgery?

Refractive Surgery Candidate (Model)Millions of people have achieved clearer vision thanks to LASIK and other refractive surgeries. LASIK and PRK have a long, well-established safety record, and most patients are pleased with their results. However, refractive surgery is not appropriate for everyone. There are certain criteria candidates must meet in order to qualify for LASIK or PRK.

If you are interested in refractive surgery, Brooklyn LASIK surgeon Dr. Samer Khosrof will meet with you one-on-one to evaluate your visual needs and goals. Your eye and health history will also be discussed, as well as any previous surgeries and current medications. Some tests may be performed to get a closer look at your corneas and measure your visual acuity. Dr. Khosrof will determine whether the surgery is suitable for you and is likely to give you the results you want. As you prepare for your consultation, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the criteria for refractive surgery candidates.

Of Age and Healthy

To qualify for refractive surgery, you need to be at last 18 years old and in good general health. If you have any chronic illnesses or uncontrolled autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes or Sjogren’s syndrome, surgery is probably not a good idea. Certain medications can also increase the risk of surgery; for example, immunosuppressants can compromise the healing process.

There is no upper age limit for refractive surgery; although it is important to note that those over 40 may start to see the effects of presbyopia (the age-related loss of reading vision) and require reading glasses.

A Moderate Degree of Refractive Error

You should have a moderate refractive error that causes myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism. If your vision prescription is very high, refractive surgery may not give you the results you desire. With a high prescription, the outcomes are unpredictable and the risks increase. Your vision prescription must be stable for at least a year prior to surgery.

Healthy Eyes

Refractive Surgery Candidate 2 (Model)To qualify for refractive surgery, you must be free of any serious conditions that could compromise how your eyes respond to surgery or heal from it. Certain disorders can complicate treatment or affect the results. For example, refractive surgery is not appropriate for anyone with a history of the following:

    • Glaucoma
    • Keratoconus
    • Inflammation in the eye
    • Eye injury
    • Herpes involving the eye area

Also, your pupils should not be too large, as this could increase the chances of developing visual errors (e.g., halos) after surgery in low-lighting conditions.

Corneal Thickness (Certain Procedures)

Some refractive surgeries, like traditional LASIK, require a certain thickness to the cornea. This is because the cornea must be strong enough to withstand the creation of the flap. However, if your corneas are not thick enough for LASIK, Dr. Khosrof can explain the available alternatives.

Schedule a Refractive Surgery Consultation

If you would like to discuss your refractive surgery candidacy with Dr. Khosrof, please contact Leading Lasik Center New York to request a consultation. Call 718-630-1070 or fill out an online form today.

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