Are You A Candidate?

Typical Patients that undergo LASIK surgery

Generally LASIK is used for patients that are nearsighted (myopic), farsighted (hyperopic) and/or have astigmatism. Additionally, the patient typically has a stable vision prescription that is not rapidly changing and good overall eye health.

The patient is usually young enough where cataract formation has not occurred and is old enough for the eyes and prescription to have stopped changing significantly (typically 19 to 25 years of age).

Dr. Schneider offers a complimentary screening to help determine if you are a candidate. Only through a thorough examination is he able to determine what vision correction option is right for you. If he does not think LASIK is the answer for your specific circumstance, he will work with you to determine what is the right method for correction of your vision. LASIK is only one of the many options you have.

Medical conditions can impact your success with surgical treatments. Women who are pregnant should typically wait for a few months after delivery or nursing before undergoing LASIK. Be sure to inform your doctor of any medications you may be taking as they may cause changes or fluctuation in your vision.

Physical conditions that may also reduce your success or increase your risk with LASIK laser vision correction include:

  • Autoimmune diseases such lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cataracts or diabetic retinopathy with loss of vision
  • Uncontrolled glaucoma
  • Keratoconous (thinning and asymmetric steepening of the cornea)
  • Amblyopia (wandering eye)
  • Severely dry eyes
  • Keloid scars after surgery
  • Current use of Acutane, Cordarone or Imitrex
  • Only have one functional eye

Because contacts temporarily alter corneal shape, patients who are interested in vision correction surgically should remove them for two weeks if they are wearing soft contacts, or a month or more, if they are wearing hard contacts before the testing is done for surgical correction. Dr. Schneider is often able to obtain a general idea of whether you might benefit from LASIK even if you are wearing contacts, but at some point you will still have to remove them to make sure your cornea is stable.

If you have any questions or wish to set up a screening or an exam, give us a call at 904.247.5575.