Will Laser Vision Correction Work for Me?

The checklist below includes situations and conditions that may exclude someone from laser vision correction. We do not discourage anyone from scheduling an initial consultation because the only way we can make a recommendation for LASIK or PRK is by seeing the patient first. Also, if there is an underlying condition, Dr. Odrich is a cornea specialist and can treat it. Use the following as general guidelines to help determine if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction.

  • Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years old. Ideal candidates are between the ages of 21-39. Teens and adults over age 40 usually experience changes in their contact lens and eyeglass prescriptions.

  • General health: Candidates for laser vision correction 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 vision correction.

  • 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.

  • Stable vision: Candidates’ vision must be stable for at least one year prior to the procedure date.

  • Dry eye: If you have been diagnosed with dry eyes, laser vision correction 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 procedure.