Am I a Candidate for LASIK?

If you are tired of the hassles associated with glasses and contact lenses, then you may want to consider LASIK surgery. LASIK corrects refractive errors in vision such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by using a laser to reshape your cornea. The procedure can have life-changing benefits. Enjoy traveling without a bag full of bulky contact lens solutions, participating in sports without corrective eyewear, and the ability to see clearly at all times without the need for glasses or contacts.

Unfortunately, LASIK is not right for everyone. Before you move forward with the procedure, it is important to determine whether you are a good candidate. During your initial consultation, our Northeastern Pennsylvania ophthalmologists will carefully examine your eyes to make sure LASIK is the ideal procedure to achieve your vision correction goals.

In general, ideal candidates for LASIK:

  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have healthy eyes that have been free of infection for at least one year
  • Have had a stable prescription for at least one year
  • Have corneas of average thickness or better
  • Do not suffer from dry eye syndrome
  • Do not experience any corneal scarring
  • Are not pregnant or nursing
  • Do not suffer from an autoimmune disease

If you live a very active lifestyle, you should discuss the activities you engage in with our doctors during your initial consultation. In some instances, participating in contact sports may rule you out as a LASIK candidate. However, as long as you are willing to avoid these activities while you heal, you should be able to undergo the procedure.

To find out whether you are a good candidate for LASIK, please contact Eye Care Specialists today to schedule your free consultation. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Kingston, and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.