Before determining if you are a strong LASIK candidate, your eye doctor needs to make sure you are a candidate for laser vision correction. You should go over the following list to make sure you are suitable for any type of laser vision correction procedure. Typically, a doctor would want - if not require - you to meet all of the following criteria before recommending you for the procedure:
- You are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism.
- You are between the ages of 18 and 60 (If you're over the age 60, you may be a candidate if you're free from cataracts. If you have cataracts, cataract surgery may be an option for you. Cataract surgery is also a refractive surgery procedure, and is usually covered by insurance).
- Your vision has been stable for at least 2 years.
- Have no significant eye problems. If you do have eye problems, you may still be a candidate for LASIK. Check with your eye doctor.
- Have no significant health issues that may affect your eyes (e.g., uncontrolled rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes that is currently affecting your eyes).
After determining your laser vision correction candidacy the doctor will perform a LASIK Evaluation to make sure your eyes are suitable for LASIK. Because each set of eyes is unique, there is no way to actually determine your candidacy 100% until you have had your pre-operative LASIK evaluation. The pre-operative evaluation will involve a series of diagnostic tests to determine the stability of your vision, the power of your refractive prescription, etc. Below is a list of some items that are typically involved in the evaluation process:
- Complete review of the overall health of the eye
- The measurement of corneal thickness and shape, including corneal topography
- Complete review of glasses and contact lens history
- Thorough eye exam
- The measurement of your prescription and refractive error in each eye
- Dilation of the eyes to check the health of the retina and optic nerve
- Dilation will also help determine the actual absolute power of the eye
- Custom LASIK measurement for higher order aberrations
- Dry eye test (Schirmer's test)
- Measurement of pupil size in a very dark room
Once you've completed your pre-operative evaluation the doctor will discuss with you whether or not you are a candidate for LASIK or other refractive vision surgery. After the discussion, you can go ahead and begin to schedule your appointment for the procedure in our downtown Denver office. Our office staff will assist you the best we can in preparing you to have Denver LASIK surgery.