Am I A Candidate For LASIK?

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If LASIK is So Great, Why Doesn’t Everyone Do It?

Two of the main reasons why people don't have LASIK are Fear and Cost. But even when you are able to overcome those obstacles, you still might not be a good candidate for the procedure.

You can have the seemingly same vision problems as another person—even have the same eyeglass prescription—but until a trained ophthalmologist, like Dr. Spivack, has examined your eye condition, you won't know if LASIK can give you 20/20 vision. He can do that through a comprehensive free LASIK Consultation and Exam.

On average, Dr. Spivack rejects 20% of LASIK applicants for one or more of the following reasons:

Corneal Thickness

If your cornea is too thin, it may not be able to maintain the proper strength and shape after LASIK. Dr. Spivack uses the blade-free method of LASIK, the IntraLase method, for the first step in LASIK: the corneal flap. This technology has allowed more people with thinner corneas to have LASIK—the same people who might have been turned away in the past when surgeons only used the microkeratome (blade) method.

Overall Eye Health

Some eye diseases, such as Keratoconus, or conditions, such as Cataracts, may prohibit you from having successful LASIK. Even if you have been previously diagnosed with an eye condition, it can't hurt to have your eyes double-checked by Dr. Spivack. The LASIK Consultation is free and might determine that your condition could be corrected by the procedure.

Overall Physical Health

Some physical conditions or illnesses can rule out—or postpone—LASIK, such as:

  • Pregnancy: If you are pregnant or nursing, you may experience temporary vision changes due to fluctuations in hormone levels. It is best to wait until your vision has stabilized before considering LASIK (approximately 6 weeks post-partum or after nursing).
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes: If your blood sugar level is unstable, that might lead to problems obtaining precise measurements for LASIK. Diabetic Retinopathy can also be a factor that compromises your vision.
  • Compromised Autoimmune System: Your healing process might be complicated if you have conditions such as severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia or Lupus.

Medications
Some medications can lead to an unacceptably high risk of complications:

  • Amiodarone to control irregular heart rhythms
  • Methotrexate for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Age
Dr. Spivack generally performs LASIK on adults between the ages of 21 and 60. People under age 21 are typically still growing and their vision hasn’t had time to stabilize. Of course, your vision is always changing, which is why adults over age 60 often have other vision problems such as Cataracts that might be better corrected with a different type of procedure.

Lifestyle

We know people on the Western Slope of Colorado love their outdoor activities! LASIK can remove the hassles of glasses and contacts so you can more fully enjoy skiing, hiking, swimming, water sports, contact sports, camping, biking…whatever you are into.

It is important to note that you should avoid certain activities like contact sports and water activities for several weeks after LASIK to help prevent infection and corneal flap complications. Make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions to the tee to minimize snags in your healing.

To find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK, schedule your free LASIK Consultation today. We can also set your mind at ease regarding your Fears and Cost of LASIK!