Are You a Good LASIK Candidate?
LASIK is a safe, effective type of laser vision correction that can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by reshaping the cornea. It offers many benefits, but LASIK is not right for everyone. You can learn more about whether you are a good LASIK candidate during a consultation at our Toronto practice. Trust your eye care to the specialists at TLC Laser Eye Center; contact us today to book an appointment.
Is LASIK Right for You?
If you rely on corrective eye wear like glasses or contacts, it is because your cornea is naturally curved in a way that fails to properly focus light on the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. By refining the curvature of the cornea, laser vision correction allows you to properly focus light entering the eye. Many who undergo laser vision correction no longer need corrective eyewear, while others find their need for glasses is significantly reduced. Although your vision will degrade to some degree as you age (you may need to use bifocals to read as you get older, for example), the effects of LASIK surgery can last for many years.
Determining Your Candidacy
During an appointment at our office, one of our specialists will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine your candidacy for LASIK surgery. In addition to being in good health, patients must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have only moderate farsightedness or astigmatism (LASIK can treat even severe cases of nearsightedness)
- Have stable vision (consistent glasses or contacts prescription for at least a year before the procedure)
- Have adequate corneal thickness (approximately .5 mm)
- Be free of dry eye
- Be free of eye injuries or infection
- Not be currently pregnant or nursing
It is also important for our patients to understand that certain eye problems, such as amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (muscle imbalance) may negatively affect your candidacy. We are happy to work closely with you to address these conditions first, referring you to a specialist, if needed, in order to improve your chances of being approved for LASIK surgery in the future.
We are proud to offer a range of alternative procedures for our patients who are not good candidates for LASIK. Photo refractive keratectomy (PRK), for instance, is often recommended for patients who have very thin corneas. Unlike LASIK, PRK does not involve the creation of a corneal flap, but instead reshapes the cornea after the outer tissue layers are gently removed.
Additional options include implantable contact lenses (ICLs), KAMRA™ Inlay, and corneal transplants. Our surgeons offer advanced femtosecond laser-enabled keratoplasty (IEK) and Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), advanced surgical techniques which allow for for more precise corneal transplant treatment and reduced recovery time.
Schedule a Consultation with Us Today
If you would like to eliminate or decrease your need for corrective eye wear, we can determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK. Schedule a consultation at our practice today to undergo an initial LASIK evaluation.