Who are NOT Qualified for Lasik?
As great advancements are happening in the area eye surgery to
correct eye defects, the number of people not qualified to have
the surgery has also diminished. Today, almost everyboyd can be
qualified to undergo Lasik eye surgery to correct their eye defects.
Still, there remain a few exceptions. Following is the minimum requirement
that most doctors use to guide their decision in qualifying prospective
- Your refractive error should be stable.
- You should be at least 18 years of age or older.
- No other ophthalmologic disorders
Your refractive error is the angle wherein light is focused at
the back of the eye. This brings about most of the regular eye diseases
namely astigmatism, myopia and hyperopia. In Myopia, the rays of
the light are focused in front of the retina rather than on the
retina. This causes nearsightedness. Some symptoms of nearsightedness
are blurred distant vision, eye strain, and squinting. Reduced night
vision is also another indication. This eye defect can be easily
treated with glasses and Lasik, which has become a popular choice
for many patients.
Hyperopia is the reverse condition, which is commonly known as
farsightedness. This condition occurs when light rays are focused
behind the retina and not on the retina. This causes poor near vision.
Patients who are farsighted have to bring their books away from
their eyes. They have also turned to using magnifying and reading
glasses to see things that are already are already right in front
their faces. As in Myopia, glasses and contact lenses can correct
some of these problems, and naturally, as well as Lasik.
The odd shaped of the eyes, that being shaped like a football instead
of a round baseball is the cause of Astigmatism. The light rays
enter two points rather than just on one point of the retina. This
imperfection causes, blurred vision and appearance of shadows on
letters when reading. This defect has been suffered by a lot of
people for many decades. Until recently, some people suffering from
this condition, specifically if it is severe, cannot use contact
lenses. Only those with mild astigmatism can use the contact lens
Even the modern developments in the production of contact lenses
have not improved the lot of patients suffering from severe astigmatism.
Now with Lasik, these patients can now hope for an option for treating
their eye defects and be restored to normal, or at least be able
to wear contact lenses with some measure of comfort. Regardless,
these patients are happy just to experience an improvement in their
vision by being able to wear contacts, or at best, totally get rid
of their glasses or contacts.
The prospective patient should at least be 18 years old or older
to consider Lasik. The reason for this is the body, including the
eyes are still in the process of developing and changing. The eyes
could still change their shape and will only stop once it has reached
full maturity. Most people's eyes become fully developed by 16 years
old. But for good measure, doctors would like to wait for two years
more. It is best to wait until you have reached 18 years old to
avert any side effects or having a second surgery after.
Ophthalmologic disorders are disorders in the eye. Some of these
eye disorders are cataract and glaucoma. These eye diseases have
to be treated first to avoid complications during the surgery and
recovery period. Patients who have eye should not even consider
having Lasik as the procedure may not bear good results or even
worsen the eye condition. It is a rare possibility for people with
optical disorder to achieve better eyesight after Lasik.
The patient should not be suffering from other physical disorders
such as arthritis. A lot of physical disorders are believed to cause
undue pressure on the eyes, thus making them unqualified for Lasik
Please bear in mind that all these are guidelines which not all
doctors strictly adhere to. As in most rules, there could be exceptions
but only a capable doctor can come to a decision whether you can
risk surgery despite your health conditions. The doctor you choose
should have your full trust. Allow the doctor to study your eyes
thoroughly and heed their advice if Lasik is suitable for you. Even
for perfect candidates, there are still possible risks. Do not take
uncalculated risks. After discussing this with your doctor and if
he/she decides that you are qualified for the surgery, then you
should go for it.