How to Know if You’re a Good Candidate for Lasik Eye Surgery

Many of us experience some sort of complication with our eyes and vision. Thankfully, most of us can help ease these problems by wearing glasses or contacts to correct our vision. However, there are people who turn to lasik eye surgery or other types of refractive surgery for a more long-term treatment. Sometimes eye surgery can even result in the patient being fully cured and not need any corrective device anymore.

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However, it is also important to note that not everyone can go through lasik eye surgery even with certain optical complications. It is important to assess yourself whether you are a good enough candidate for lasik eye surgery. Today, we are going to talk about knowing whether you are a good candidate to go through any refractive surgery through questions which you can ask yourself.

1.) Are you willing to go through surgery which has a risk of surgical complications? – Before you start becoming scared about going through eye surgery, it is important to understand that lasik eye surgery is very safe and complications during surgery are rare. However, there are cases where certain factors can have some negative effect on the patient’s vision and although the chance of this happening is very small, you should still be prepared.

2.) Does your career permit for you to go through eye surgery? – Today, there are very few companies that do not allow their employees to go through some form of eye surgery. If you have concerns, you may want to ask your employer regarding the matter of lasik eye surgery and whether you can get it done. You may also want to think whether this can benefit your job especially if it requires good vision in order to get tasks done.

3.) Has your vision been stable long enough before going through surgery? – People who have a prescription for their vision will have changes in the prescription from year to year. However, if your prescription gets stronger from time to time this may indicate that your vision is not yet stable enough. It is best to wait until your vision has stabilized before going through lasik eye surgery.

4.) Do you have any health complications which will have a negative effect on the surgical treatment? – There are certain diseases that affect your autoimmune system which will make you a bad candidate for lasik eye surgery. Complications like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus can have bad effects on the healing of your eyes after the surgical process. You may want to do research for any health complications which can hinder eye surgery.

5.) Do you perform any activities that make you a bad candidate? – When someone goes through lasik eye surgery, it is important for the patient to have rest and avoid strenuous activities which can hinder the healing of the eyes. If you are someone who participates in high impact sports or martial arts, you may want to take a break from it before and after going through lasik eye surgery to allow for your eyes to rest and heal.