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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 on behalf of Northshore University HealthSystem about LASIK eye surgery.

LASIK is not for everyone, and your ophthalmologist will advise you about certain conditions that may prevent you from being a good candidate for this procedure.

For instance, the ideal candidate for LASIK is over 21 years of age, not pregnant or nursing, and free of any eye disease. You should not have had a change in your eye prescription in the last year and should have a refractive error within the range of correction for LASIK.

You must also be willing to accept the potential risks, complications and side effects associated with LASIK (see “risks” section of this handout). You should discuss these issues with your surgeon, carefully weighing the risks and rewards. If you’re happy wearing contacts or glasses, you may want to forego the surgery.

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