LASEK eye surgery can be very successful when performed on the right patient. LASEK can treat severe degrees of nearsightedness, moderate amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism, but LASEK is not right for everyone. While the goal of LASEK surgery is to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses, having LASEK cannot guarantee 20/20 vision. Fortunately, most cases are successful in improving visual acuity.
To be eligible for LASEK surgery, potential candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years old.
- General health: LASEK candidates must be in good general health, and should not have certain health problems, including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, or take any medication or have any condition that compromises the immune response.
- Eye health: Candidates should be free of eye diseases including keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. LASEK surgery candidates should not have certain eye conditions including herpes simplex and herpes zoster.
- Eye problems: LASEK patients should make their eye doctor aware of certain eye problems including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance) or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions that may influence healing. Other conditions that should be discussed with the doctor include keloid scarring with previous surgical healing, back problems and claustrophobia. Please make Dr. Hof aware of any mental health conditions, as these may also affect your LASEK surgery or recovery.
- Eye injury: Patients should not have any eye infections or injury.
- Nursing/pregnancy: Candidates should not be nursing or pregnant when undergoing the LASEK procedure. Hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, so pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue LASEK surgery until three menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued.
- Dry eye condition: Patients should not continuously suffer from dry eyes.
- Stable vision: Candidates’ vision must be stable for at least one year prior to the procedure date.
- Contacts: Prior to your LASEK surgery consultation and LASEK procedure, you must not wear contact lenses for a certain length of time. The precise length will be determined by Dr. Hof on an individual basis. This ensures corneal stability and accurate assessment of your prescription prior to the LASEK surgery procedure.
Corneal thickness plays an important role in determining proper candidacy for LASEK. Due to the nature of the procedure, candidates must have a minimum corneal thickness of approximately 0.5 mm.
A patient’s candidacy for LASEK also depends on an evaluation of the patient’s eyes, expectations and lifestyle by an experienced optometrist or ophthalmologist. Consult Dr. Hof in Rogers, Arkansas for a LASEK consultation to determine if you are a LASEK candidate. Discover more about LASEK by contacting BoozmanHof at 800-428-3937 or boozmanhof.com to book your LASEK consultation today.