Who Is a Good Candidate for LASIK?
Laser vision surgery—LASIK—is safe and effective and the most popular elective procedure performed in the world. So, are you a good LASIK candidate? Not everyone considering the procedure should have it, and our ophthalmologists won’t recommend the procedure to someone who isn’t a good candidate.
Even though each patient’s situation is unique, some general guidelines to consider when thinking about getting LASIK surgery include:
- Age: LASIK surgery can be performed on patients as young as 18, but few surgeons will recommend LASIK at that age. That’s because vision continues to change into your early to mid-20s for most people. On the other end of the spectrum, our eyes start changing again after age 40. Even people who enjoyed excellent vision throughout their lives begin to need glasses for reading. The ideal window for LASIK is between ages 25 and 40, but there are always exceptions.
- Prescription: Patients should be at a stable prescription for at least a year before getting LASIK surgery. If your vision correction needs are still changing, LASIK isn’t a good option.
- Nursing/pregnancy: Candidates should not be nursing or pregnant when undergoing the LASIK procedure. Hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, so pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue LASIK surgery until 3 menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued.
- Overall health: Patients should be in good overall health, non-smokers, and not have other eye conditions or diseases that could increase the risk of complications.
- Corneal thickness: Our eye doctors measure the thickness of your corneas to ensure they are not too thin for the LASIK procedure.
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Traditional vs. Bladeless LASIK
Even though the bladeless LASIK surgery technique is newer than traditional LASIK, its track record goes back more than 15 years. Traditional LASIK uses a specialized blade to cut a flap in the cornea, the clear part at the front of the eye. Once the flap is lifted, a laser reshapes the cornea to correct the patient’s vision. As its name implies, bladeless LASIK surgery creates the corneal flap with a femtosecond laser rather than a blade.
Is Bladeless LASIK Better?
- More predictable corneal flap thickness
- Decreased risk of corneal abrasions during surgery
- Decreased risk of induced astigmatism after LASIK
If you’re considering LASIK surgery and live in the Bronx, Queens (Jackson Heights and Jamaica), or Manhattan, request an appointment using the online form or call one of our locations in New York City or on Long Island to schedule an appointment. Call our offices at 866-599-8774.