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SUCCESSFUL LASIK CRITERIA

Not everyone can have laser vision correction. Before you decide to schedule an evaluation to see if you are a good candidate for LASIK check out some of the basic criteria below:
Healthy eyes. You need healthy eyes.If you have a condition such as:

  • dry eyes
  • keratoconus
  • or an injury;

any one of these may prevent you from having surgery.

Eighteen (18) years of age. Eyes stop growing by the age of eighteen years.

Stable vision. It is recommended that your vision be stable for at least a year before having LASIK. Meaning that your prescription has not changed.

Pregnancy and nursing mothers. During pregnancy hormonal changes occur that can cause changes in your vision. If you are planning to become pregnant or are pregnant, then you should wait until after the pregnancy so that your hormones stop fluctuating. This could take several months. If you are nursing, it is recommended that you wait until after you have stopped nursing before having LASIK.

Certain Diseases. It really depends on factors such as: the type of disease, syndrome or condition and medications that would either disqualify or qualify you for LASIK.

 

Dry Eye Diagram

Dry Eye

Keratoconus

Keratoconus

Prescription. Your prescription must fall within the range of correction that the laser equipment is approved to correct. 
So, if your eyes are healthy, you are at least 18 years old, your vision has been stable for one year, you are not pregnant, you have no condition such as an autoimmune or degenerative disease and your prescription falls within the range of correction, then you are probably a good candidate for LASIK. You should make an appointment with your Optometrist for an evaluation.

 

For the range of correction capabilities please refer to the comparison chart below:

 

Does it really matter what excimer laser is used?To answer this question, it is important to note that most experts believe that it is the skill and experience of the surgeon, together with the quality of care both before and after the procedure, that will have the most impact on the outcome. Generally speaking, the type of laser probably doesn’t make a big difference because all approved excimer lasers meet criteria established by the FDA for safety and effectiveness.

The following is a listing of the approved excimer lasers used today:

NAME OF LASER

MANUFACTURER

RANGE OF CORRECTION

DESCRIPTION

Star S4 IR with CustomVue VISX (AMO) Myopia: up to -6 D with or without up to -3 D of myopic astigmatismHyperopia: up to +3 D with or without up to +2 D of hyperopic astigmatismMixed astigmatism: up to 5D Eye tracking, integrated wavefront, pupil dilation is not required, unique wavefront analysis system known as Fourier for increased resolution
Star S4 Active trak with CustomVue VISX (AMO) Myopia: up to -6 D with or without up to -3 D of myopic astigmatismHyperopia: up to +3 D with or without up to +2 D of hyperopic astigmatism Eye tracking, integrated wavefront, pupil dilation is not required, unique wavefront analysis system known as Fourier for increased resolution
Allegretto Wave with Allegro Analyzer Wavelight Myopia; up to -7 D with or without up to 3 D of astigmatism Scanning spot system, eye tracking, integrated wavefront, algorithm (mathematical measurement) based on population studies that minimizes the possibility of a visual error (spherical aberration) induced during
LADARVision 4000 with CustomCornea Alcon Myopia: up to -8 D with or without myopic astigmatism up to – 4 D
LADARVision 6000 with CustomCornea Alcon Hyperopia and hyperopic astigmatism: up to +5 D (near vision problems) and (astigmatism causing distance vision problems) up to – 3 D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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