Am I a good candidate for LASIK?
A good candidate for LASIK eye surgery is determined by how nearsighted or farsighted the patient is, how thick the patient's cornea is, and the shape of the patient's cornea. Learn more from Dr. Marian Macsai about LASIK eye surgery.
How nearsighted or farsighted you are because there are limits to how much the laser can correct.
How do you know if you're a good candidate for LASIK? Well, first you have to go see an ophthalmologist
and have a complete eye exam, which determines that your eye is healthy. The specific factors that would affect whether or not
LASIK is safe for you would include how nearsighted or farsighted you are because there are limits to how much
the laser can correct. How thick your cornea is. When we do LASIK surgery, we remove a very small amount
of your corneal tissue. So you have to have enough tissue to safely have LASIK.
In addition, your cornea has to be normal in shape, both on the front and the back surface.
So very specific measurements are made to determine the curvature on the front
and the back of the cornea. Those have to be normal. And last but not least, your eye has to be healthy,
and that includes dryness. If you have a dry eye, it's likely
that LASIK would not be a very good opportunity for you. Or if you have a health condition that
could interfere with the healing, again, LASIK may not be your best option.
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