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Are you suitable for Laser Eye Surgery?

You may be a perfect candidate for a laser eye procedure if you are at least 21 years of age, not pregnant, have stable vision for one year prior to the procedure and are free of complicating eye diseases.

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Most Suitable Candidate

You may be a perfect candidate for a laser eye procedure if you are at least 21 years of age, not pregnant, have stable vision for one year prior to the procedure and are free of complicating eye diseases. However, our eye surgeons exercise very stringent selection criteria and you may be told, that your eyes are not suitable. Most suitable candidates are:

  • 21 years of age or older and have had a stable glasses or contact lens prescription for at least the past two years.
  • affected by one of the common types of refractive error such as short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism.
  • do not suffer from any disease, ocular or general, that may affect the effectiveness of the surgery, or the ability to heal properly and quickly. You are generally in good health.
  • have realistic expectations, and understand that the surgery should reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses, but may not completely eliminate them.

Less Suitable Candidate

Your surgeon may still be able to perform the surgery safely in some cases, provided you and the surgeon have discussed the risks and possible complications, benefits and expected results. Less suitable candidates:

  • have certain eye problems or a history of eye problems, such as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance), severe dry eyes, previous eye surgery or injury, or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions which may affect healing. Other conditions that you should tell your eye surgeon include keloid scarring with previous surgical healing, back problems, claustrophobia or other psychological problems, which may affect the surgery or recovery.
  • are undergoing treatment with medications such as steroids and immuno-suppressants. Any medication that renders you immuno-compromised can adversely affect the healing process.
  • are suffering from conditions or diseases that slow healing (e.g. auto-immune or collagen-vascular disorders, uncontrolled diabetes), or certain eye viruses including herpes simplex and herpes zoster.
  • have significant scarring of the cornea.

A comprehensive examination at LVCCC is your first step towards laser eye surgery.

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