What Disqualifies Someone From LASIK Eye Surgery?

When you’re considering laser vision correction surgery, you will want to know if you’re a candidate for LASIK eye surgery. Whether astigmatism or a lazy eye, there are some LASIK disqualifiers that our eye specialists can discuss with you at your consultation at Focal Point Vision. There are many factors that play into this decision, not solely your prescription. Our vision professionals will examine your eye health to make the most informed decision on your eligibility for LASIK in San Antonio, TX.

What does LASIK fix?

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a laser vision correction surgery used to reshape your cornea. This can correct different refractive errors, including:

  • Astigmatism

  • Nearsightedness

  • Farsightedness

  • Lazy eye

This eye surgery helps to reduce and, in many cases, remove the need for contact lenses or glasses. However, it isn’t always covered by insurance as it is considered elective. At Focal Point Vision, we can help determine if your insurance will cover your surgery before you decide to have it.

Reasons LASIK may not be for you

Some LASIK disqualifiers in San Antonio, TX, include:

  • You’re younger than 18: LASIK results are permanent, which means that it isn’t ideal for someone who is still a child. Your vision can change dramatically during adolescence.

  • You’re pregnant or breastfeeding: Hormone fluctuations and even fluid retention can lead to changes in some women’s vision. It also can lead to dry eyes, which make your eyes uncomfortable and delay healing. The medication necessary for dilation and post-op is absorbed through the mucous membranes, which can be harmful to a fetus.

  • You’re on certain prescription drugs: Some steroids or acne medications can cause dry eyes. Having dry eyes increases your chance of cornea scarring after LASIK eye surgery.

  • You don’t have a stable prescription: If you have a fluctuating prescription, most doctors won’t allow you to have LASIK until it is stable for at least one year.

  • You’re not in good health: Patients with autoimmune diseases aren’t good candidates as they cause dry eyes. Also, they may have healed too slowly. Those with diabetes, lupus, glaucoma, or cataracts also aren’t eligible for LASIK.

Our vision specialists will conduct a thorough eye examination to determine your eligibility for LASIK eye surgery.

What happens during a LASIK eye evaluation?

At Focal Point Vision, we will first ask you health questions before performing different tests to determine your candidacy. Some tests that we may perform during your consultation include:

  1. Dry eye testing: This helps us determine if a pre-procedure of dry eye treatment is necessary to prepare your eyes for surgery.

  2. Pupil testing: This helps us evaluate how your reflexes react to light.

  3. Corneal topography: This gives us a map of your corneal surface, which allows us to measure your corneal thickness. This helps us decide if you’re a candidate too.

  4. Keratometry: This looks at both the shape and radius of your cornea.

Learn if LASIK can correct your vision problem

At Focal Point Vision, we offer consultations to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery. Our doctors closely evaluate each patient’s eye health to determine whether they can expect positive results with LASIK eye surgery in San Antonio, TX. To learn more about LASIK eye surgery, call our office to schedule a consultation today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.