Are You a Candidate for LASIK?


Laser vision correction is not a solution for everyone. There are certain situations and criteria that may exclude candidates from LASIK procedures. We carefully review every patient’s medical history and perform comprehensive eye exams to determine if LASIK is an option. We do not discourage anyone from scheduling an initial consultation because many underlying conditions may be solved by our team prior to LASIK; however, here are some general guidelines to help determine if LASIK is right for you.

  • Age: Candidates for LASIK must be at least 18 years old. Ideal candidates are typically between the ages of 21-39. Teens and adults over age 40 usually experience changes in their contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions. To be approved for LASIK, you must not have had any changes in your vision for more than a year.

  • General health: LASIK candidates must be in good general health and should not have certain health problems, including type 1 diabetes, uncontrolled autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, or collagen vascular disease. Certain medications may also increase risks associated with laser eye procedures. A review of your medical history and current medications during our initial consultation helps guide our recommendation.

  • Eye health: Candidates should be free of eye diseases, including keratoconus (thinning of the cornea), glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease, conjunctivitis (pink eye), and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. Persistent dry eyes also may need to be treated prior to surgery.

  • Eye injury: Patients with eye injuries will have to wait until the injury has completely healed.

  • Nursing/pregnancy: Hormones can cause fluctuations in your vision. Expecting or nursing mothers need to wait until delivery and the completion of breastfeeding prior to evaluation for the procedure.

  • Dry eye: If you have been diagnosed with dry eyes, LASIK may make your condition worse. This can be assessed and discussed with you during your free consultation.

  • Contacts: Prior to the pre-assessment visit and procedure date, you must not wear contact lenses for a certain length of time. The precise length will be determined by the UVA LASIK team on an individual basis. This ensures corneal stability and accurate assessment of your prescription prior to the LASIK surgery procedure.

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