Written on Apr 27, 2009 at 6:23 PM by LASIK Guider

Ideal LASIK Candidate

While LASIK eye surgery is currently the most popular refractive surgery procedure performed worldwide for correction of myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, you should understand that it is not appropriate for everyone.

Several conditions may disqualify you from having your vision defect corrected by LASIK. In general, the best possible results are obtained when LASIK is performed on a healthy person with healthy eyes. This can be achieved through appropriate patient selection, education, assessment, and informed consent.

To be an ideal LASIK candidate:
  • You should be 18 years of age or older
  • You should have a stable vision (refractive error) for at least a  one year before LASIK eye surgery
  • You should prefer to undergo LASIK surgery to wearing contacts or glasses
  • You should be free of any diseases of the outer eye, cornea, eyelids or posterior segment
  • You should be in good general health (i.e., not suffering from any systemic or autoimmune disease such as lupus)
  • You should not be pregnant, nursing, or planning to conceive in next 6-12 months
  • You should have a realistic expectation about the outcome of the LASIK procedure
  • You should be informed about the possible side effects and  willing to take the risks
  • You should be willing to commit to instructions and care plan after LASIK surgery
  • You should  be able to afford the financial commitment


Theresa,  May 3, 2009 at 5:07 PM  

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Reviews of ideal or good candidates for lasik August 11, 2009 at 2:40 PM  

This is another good post about lasik. But i think 23 years is the best time for lasik eye surgery. Thin cornea isn't suitable for lasik surgery also.

LASIK Guider August 11, 2009 at 7:32 PM  

@Reviews of ideal or good candidates for lasik

Vision only stabilizes, when the eye completes it development around the age of 20 years. However, sometimes vision stabilizes later. So the minimum age for LASIK is typically 18 years provided that the refraction is stable.

Thin cornea would be considered a relative contraindication for LASIK eye surgery. Sometimes, it is possible for the LASIK surgeon to create a thinner flap and overcome this problem. If, it is not possible to create a thinner flap, then other refractive surgery procedures such as PRK, LASEK or Epi-LASIK might be a better option in those cases.

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