Am I A Good Candidate For LASIK?

If you are between the ages of 18 and 65, have good eye health, and don’t have any pre-existing conditions, then you are very likely a good candidate for LASIK. You can schedule a free, no-obligation virtual or in-person consultation with a reputable laser vision correction centre to confirm whether you are a good candidate.


So, if most people are qualified for LASIK, it makes sense to look at what might disqualify you from getting LASIK. Your age, general health, eye health, prescription, and whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding all factor into your LASIK candidacy.

Important Factors in determining lasik candidacy

Age

You must be over the age of 18 to get LASIK. This is due to growth and development - your vision is still changing. LASIK will not prevent your eyes from continuing to change, which makes corrective surgery ineffective.

 

Eye Health

Your eye health is a critical factor in your LASIK candidacy. You should be free from eye diseases like keratoconus, cataracts, retinal or optic nerve diseases, amblyopia (lazy eye), or any other eye problem that might affect healing. To qualify for LASIK, patients should also be free from eye infections or injuries.

 

General Health

The best candidates for LASIK do not have pre-existing conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune disorders, or medications that impact the immune response. This is because your body will have difficulty healing and therefore, you would be at risk of the procedure not working (or not meeting your expectations).

 

Stable Prescription

You should have a stable vision prescription for at least a year before your procedure. If your prescription has recently changed, this will impact your LASIK procedure results. Like the age factor, LASIK will not prevent your eyesight from continuing to change, which makes corrective surgery ineffective.

 

Pregnant or Breastfeeding

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is best to wait until after you have finished breastfeeding your child to get LASIK. This is because your vision can change when pregnant or breastfeeding due to hormonal and physical changes. Most often, these changes are temporary, and your vision returns to normal after some time. Read our post to learn more about why LASIK is not recommended during pregnancy or lactation.  

The abovementioned factors are just some of the important things that play into LASIK candidacy. Your best bet is to schedule an in-person consultation so the corneal surgeon can examine your eye health and vision. If you are still in the beginning stages of your decision-making, take our LASIK self-test to see if you are a candidate!