Is Vision-Correction Surgery for Me?
You are probably a good candidate for surgery if:
1. You have not required a large change in your contact lens or glasses prescription in the past year.
This is called refractive instability. Some patients are more likely to have refractive instability. This includes patients who are younger than 21 years of age and those whose hormones are fluctuating such as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
2. You are an adult.
Currently, all refractive procedures are approved only for people who are over age 18. Many patients will need to wait until they are 21 for their eyes to stabilize.
3. You do not have an active disease or are on medications that may affect how wounds heal.
Certain conditions may prevent proper healing after a refractive procedure. These include autoimmune diseases (such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis), immunodeficiency states (for example, HIV) and uncontrolled diabetes. It also includes some medications (such as retinoic acid and steroids) that may prevent proper healing after a refractive procedure.
4. You do not have certain eye diseases.
During your consultation, your eyes will be examined to make sure you do not have any eye diseases that would make you a poor candidate. Examples of these diseases are glaucoma, retina diseases or cataracts.
The Final Word
The best way to find out if you are a candidate is to have a thorough examination by a vision-correction surgeon. During your visit, your doctor will discuss treatment options and answer any questions.