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Laser eye treatment eligibility checklist

Updated on March 15, 2011

Are you interested in getting laser eye treatment? Do you want to know if you qualify for the surgery? That was the discussion I was having during brunch with my family this past weekend. My brother started talking about wanting to get laser eye treatment or LASIK. He was looking around for information but was not sure if he would be a good candidate for the surgery. Before you think about getting laser eye surgery, here are a few things to consider, plus before anything else, check to see if you meet the eligibility requirements to get laser eye treatment. No sense in getting your hopes up about the surgery if you don't qualify for it.

Checklist in order to be an eligible candidate for laser eye surgery:

  1. at least 18 years old
  2. in good general health
  3. should not have any eye disease such as glaucoma or cataracts or any optic nerve disease
  4. should have a consistent and stable eye prescription for the last year (your eye vision should not have changed within that time)
  5. should not have extremely high eyeglass prescription either
  6. should not have any eye viruses
  7. should not have uncontrolled diabetes
  8. do not have certain kinds of vascular disease
  9. should not be on any medication which could compromise the eye surgery
  10. certain issues should be discusses such as if you have had previous eye surgery or injury, lazy eyes, or severe dry eyes
  11. special attention should be given if you have had back problems, are claustrophobic or have psychological problems which could affect the surgery or your recovery
  12. pregnant or nursing mothers are not eligible

preparing for eye surgery
preparing for eye surgery | Source

This is just an overview of the things you should ask yourself when considering laser eye treatment. But you should still make an appointment with an eye care professional or eye surgery clinic to get a proper screening and get further information as to the pros and cons of this kind of operation. Also, a lot of laser eye places offer a free consultation to see if you are a good candidate for the laser eye surgery. You should take advantage of the consultation to get all your questions answered and know exactly what you are getting into before considering any type of laser eye treatment.

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      sweet 5 years ago

      my maximum cornial thickness is 537mm i eligible for lasik or not?/??????plz help me....

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      This was helpful. Thanks! Voted up.