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When considering LASIK, the first question you should ask is “Am I a Good Candidate?” Although most patients make excellent candidates, you will need to visit a LASIK doctor for a thorough eye exam and review of your eye history. Your doctor will take into account your eye health, the curvature and thickness of the cornea, the amount of refractive error, and your general overall health to predict the outcome of LASIK surgery. If he doesn’t believe your results will be optimum, he may refer you to other refractive procedures. You will need to book a LASIK consultation to be absolutely sure, but here are some general guidelines for good LASIK candidates:

It is estimated that about 15% of patients who wish to have refractive surgery are not ideal candidates due to corneas that are too steep, too flat, too thin, or irregular in shape, or pupils that are too large.

You may be a good LASIK candidate if:

  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You have healthy corneas
  • You are not pregnant or nursing
  • You do not have diabetes or other systemic illness
  • You do not have an autoimmune disease
  • You have a stable prescription that has not changed within the last year
  • You do not have an eye disease or other medical problem relating to the eyes
  • You are not taking drugs that suppress your immune system
  • You have a Myopic refraction up to -12 diopters.
  • You have a Hyperopic refraction up to +6 diopters
  • Your degree of Astigmatism is up to 4 diopters.


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