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Am I Eligible for LASIK?

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Do you want to know if you’re eligible for the LASIK procedure? There are certain requirements for LASIK  that should typically be met before undergoing a procedure. However, these requirements may vary person to person. So, for the best answer, check with your eye doctor or schedule a consultation.

Here are the typical LASIK eligibility requirements:

• You should be at least 18 years old. The reason for this is because the older you get, the more likely it is that your vision is stable and won’t worsen. Some vision problems, like myopia (nearsightedness), worsen throughout childhood. This is why LASIK is typically not performed on anybody under 18. And, it may be better to wait even longer to have LASIK.

• You should not be pregnant or nursing. Your eyes and the shape of your eyes can be affected by the hormone levels that come about from pregnancy and nursing. Because of this, you will need to wait until your hormone levels are back to normal to undergo the LASIK process.

• You should not have an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases can affect the healing process after LASIK, and thus, may prevent someone with an autoimmune disease from having the LASIK procedure.

• Your vision should be stable for at least one year. If your vision is deteriorating rapidly, LASIK is probably not a good option for you. To be the best candidate for LASIK, you should have stable vision, as measured at regular eye appointments, for at least a year (if not more) before you decide to undergo the procedure.

• Your eyes should be healthy. Eye problems, like an infection, cataracts, glaucoma, or others can prevent you from being eligible for LASIK. Any eye problem that can affect the healing process after the LASIK procedure may also disqualify you from treatment using the LASIK procedure.

These are the general requirements for LASIK. However, to determine your LASIK eligibility, you should consult with your eye doctor or schedule a consultation. This will help to truly determine if LASIK is the right option for you!

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