While glasses and contact lenses have been very effective for addressing refractive errors, a major step forward has been made in vision correction over the years. That step forward is LASIK surgery. Many have already benefited from LASIK surgery in the past, able to see fine without the need for glasses or contacts. Not everyone is a candidate for the surgery, however, which is why we'd like to look at who qualifies for LASIK surgery. We'll be able to determine if you're an ideal candidate when you stop by our Toronto laser vision correction center for a consultation.
About LASIK Surgery
It may be good to start with the basics about LASIK since the way the surgery is performed may determine candidacy for some patients. LASIK surgery will involve creating a flap in the surface of the cornea. Through this flap, a laser is used to reshape the cornea so that light passes through it properly. We use custom LASIK technology at our Toronto laser eye surgery center, which means the degree of cornea correction is even greater than it was with traditional LASIK surgery.
Ideal Candidates for LASIK Surgery
The best candidates for LASIK surgery are:
- At least 18 years old
- Have had a stable prescription for at least a year
- Have been free of eye infection/injury for a year
- Have otherwise healthy eyes
We should also note that ideal candidates suffer from refractive errors (myopia/nearsightedness, hyperopia/farsightedness, and corneal astigmatism). LASIK can only address these issues.
Poor Candidates for LASIK Surgery
People who are not good candidates for Toronto custom LASIK include:
- People younger than 18
- Pregnant or nursing women
- People with irregularly shaped corneas
- People with autoimmune diseases
- People who suffer from dry eye syndrome
On LASIK Surgery and Dry Eye Syndrome
Of all the above things that would disqualify a person from getting LASIK, dry eye syndrome is extremely important to note. As we explained above, LASIK will involve creating a flap in the corneal surface. The creation of this flap will affect some nerves in the eyes, resulting in dry eye for a few weeks to a few months. The dry eye will subside in time once the healing process is complete.
People who already suffer from dry eye would experience a worsening of symptoms if they underwent LASIK surgery. This is why we will not allow those with pre-existing dry eye syndrome to undergo the procedure.
Treatment Alternatives for Non-Candidates
If you are not a good candidate for LASIK, there are many different alternatives to LASIK surgery to consider, such as photo refractive keratectomy (PRK), implantable contact lenses (ICLs), or even prescription corrective lenses. During your consultation at our practice, we will be sure to go over all of these options in full detail so you can make the best decision about your vision based on your needs.
Learn More About Advanced Laser Vision Correction
For more information about candidacy for LASIK as well as the many other eye care treatments that we offer, be sure to contact our Toronto laser vision correction practice today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible vision and eye health.