January 31, 2023

If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, then chances are you’ve heard about something called LASIK surgery, but you may not fully understand what exactly it is. Although you may dream of having your vision corrected, you might not know if you are even a candidate for LASIK. Establishing whether or not you are qualified to undergo this corrective laser surgery, as well as educated yourself about the possible risks, is the first step towards a new life without eyeglasses or contacts.

Here are some questions to answer in order to determine eligibility:

1. Are you over 18 years of age? If you are younger than 18, you are not a candidate yet, because your eyes are still in growth stages.

2. Do you have a current and valid prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses? If not, go to an hospital, optometrist or appropriate eye care center. Even if you have a prescription already, it should not be older than two years, and it should accurately reflect your current eye condition.

3. It must be determined that an adequate corneal thickness is present. The cornea should be thick enough that a correct flap can be created to simulate the depth. Additionally, the pupil distance should be within seven millimeters.

4. Your body should be disease free. The best candidates for LASIK surgery will not have suffered from any eye diseases before. This is a very important piece of information to disclose during your consultation as prior eye problems cause the eye to be unstable during and after the surgery, possible exacerbated by the procedure. Herpes, Lupus, Crohn’s, and other auto-immune diseases or pre-existing eye problems like chronic dry eye or glaucoma or cataracts would likely prohibit the possibility of a successful surgery. Anyone suffering from one of these sicknesses should wait a year before electing to undergo LASIK.

While some of these precautions may seem overly cautious, your eyes are not worth risking. You should be in optimal health before undergoing any surgery, including LASIK, LASEK, or Epi-LASIK. Learn about the potential risks involved and plan for two to three weeks of downtime. It is important that you follow your post-operative instructions, and complete your course of antibiotics in order to reduce the risk of infection.

LASIK can give be a life-changing surgery, allowing greater freedom and ability to enjoy life. For those living in the Los Angeles area, the surgeons at one of the many Beverly Hills Lasik Surgery centers have performed LASEK surgery thousands of times. Trust your eyes to the best LASEK eye surgeons in the country when you visit Beverly Hills.