The desire or the need to be free of the hassle of eyeglasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance motivates millions of people-just like you-to consider LASIK. Thoughts of being able wake up and see the alarm clock clearly- and just get up and go, have great appeal for anyone dependent on glasses or contacts. The freedom to take on each day's activities, unencumbered, has changed the lives of many.
LASIK is not for everyone. Here are some things to think about to help you determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK.
- The great majority of patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism are potential candidates for LASIK.
- Good LASIK candidates are at least 18 years of age or older and have stable vision. This means that their eyeglass or contact lens prescription has not changed much in the last year or so. Many people do not have "stable" vision until 21 years of age, however so each person is a bit different.
- Good LASIK candidates have healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars, and any other eye diseases. They have normal corneal shapes and thickness as well as healthy tears.
- The best LASIK candidates are those with a lifestyle, activities or occupation in which they are dissatisfied with their contact lenses or glasses.