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Are you a candidate for LASIK? Questions to consider when making your decision

LASIK Eye SurgerySometimes wearing corrective lenses can be tedious to maintain. LASIK surgery provides individuals the opportunity to reduce and eliminate the need for corrective lenses. However the success of this procedure depends on the individual and whether he/she is a fit candidate or not. For some people, this surgery can be extremely risky to undergo. Many times determining if you are a candidate for LASIK can be a difficult and stressful experience. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when considering LASIK.

9 Essential Guidelines To Determine If You Are A Candidate (Provided by Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD on Allaboutvision.com)

  1. Your eyes must be healthy (any kind of condition or eye disease can lead to complications with the healing process following the surgery)
  2. Your cornea must have sufficient thickness (cornea that is too thin or irregularly shaped may compromise LASIK results and can possibly impair vision)
  3. Your pupils must not be overly large (pupils which are larger than normal have increased risk of side effects such as halos, glares and starbursts)
  4. Your prescription must be within certain limits (if your prescription is very high, costs and potential risks are much higher – you may want to seek alternative methods or options)
  5. You must be over a certain age (safest and most effective results are generally around the ages 18-40)
  6. You must have stable vision for at least a year (refractive errors should be stable for at least 12 months before undergoing LASIK)
  7. You must generally be in good health (overall good health aids in healing process)
  8. If you are pregnant, you should delay surgery (hormonal changes can alter cornea shape and affect changes in vision)
  9. Do you have realistic expectations? (be fully aware of possible side effects, risks, and potential complications)

If you are serious about considering LASIK, be sure to stop by MPO Eye-Care for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lam. He will be more than happy to provide you with his professional opinion and advice. There are many benefits of going through as a co-managed referral from our clinic. One would be the cost saving benefits. As a referral from Dr. Lam our patients are automatically qualified for upfront discounted pricing and extended warranty programs. Also, having a specialist assist you can make your overall experience much easier and stress-free. Call us today to make an appointment at our Alhambra office today– 626-573-9336