If you’ve dealt with poor vision for any length of time, you’ve probably thought about vision correction surgery. Many patients come to us wondering, “is LASIK right for me?” The answer is - it might be. Here are some signs that you are indeed a good candidate for LASIK laser eye surgery.
1. You’re between 20 and 45 years of age.
If you’re asking, “should I get LASIK?” the first question to consider is your age. There is a sweet spot with this surgery, and it’s between 20 and 45 years of age. You must be an adult to get LASIK, but if you’re close to 45 or older, there are other options that may serve your unique needs better (hence the range of 20-45).
2. Your vision issues are straightforward.
Some people are simply nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism without any complicating factors. If this sounds like you, you’re probably a great candidate for LASIK - especially if your prescription has been stable for a couple years. But if you have more severe or complex vision troubles, laser eye surgery might not be best for you.
3. You don’t have severe dry eyes.
LASIK is a safe and effective procedure that patients love. For a few weeks to a few months after the surgery, though, some patients experience dry eyes. This goes away after some time - and the patients we talk to say it’s completely worth it - but you shouldn’t get LASIK if you already suffer from extremely dry eyes. This could make the condition worse, and might just be too uncomfortable for you.
4. You’re in good overall health.
In order to get LASIK, you and your eyes should be generally in good health. If you have a chronic disease, extensive eye conditions or are just not well, aim to get healthy first and then consider LASIK. Already healthy from head to toe, and check all the other boxes listed here? You’re almost certainly an ideal candidate for LASIK.