Even though LASIK has provided millions of people with clear vision not everyone is a fully qualified candidate. Dr. Benaim will only recommend LASIK for the very best candidates.
In order to be qualified for LASIK, patients must meet the following requirements:
- Be nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism
- Over the age of 18
- Vision has been stable for 2-3 years
- No current eye problems
- No health issues that may affect the eyes
If you have determined that you meet the above basic LASIK requirements, you can take the LASIK Self-Evaluation test to further determine if you are a candidate. Each set of eyes is unique and that is why it is extremely important to have your eyes examined by a board-certified ophthalmologist prior to the LASIK procedure.
Some of the tests that will be performed on your eyes during your LASIK evaluation include:
- Measurement of corneal thickness
- Complete review of overall eye health
- Measurement of prescription for refractive errors
- Custom LASIK measurement for higher order aberrations
- Dry eye test
- Dilation of the eye to view the retina
- Glasses and contact lens history review
- Measurement of pupil size
After Dr. Benaim has completed the LASIK evaluation exam he will be able to determine if you are a strong LASIK candidate. If for some reason, you are not a strong LASIK candidate, Dr. Benaim will recommend another possible vision correction. There are a number of alternative vision correction procedures available to those who are not qualified for LASIK.