Another question I regularly get asked is “Am I a candidate for laser surgery?”
The “best” candidates for Refractive Surgery (Lasik or PRK) are those people who are:
- Between the ages of 25 and 35. Our eyes are generally done changing by age 25 (after the years of school and university), but will begin to change again around age 40. If you have the surgery done at age 25 you will maximize your years with no glasses.
- Have a prescription between +4.00 to -6.00 and up to 3 D of astigmatism. Higher prescriptions can be done, but the higher the prescription, the more corneal tissue that needs to be removed, to achieve a good outcome. Thicker corneas are better.
- Does not suffer from dry eyes.
- Is frustrated with glasses and contacts.
Refractive surgery continues to advance and is a great, life-changing, option for many people. This list, by no means, is meant to rule you out, if you don’t meet every requirement. We see lots of people who have had corrective surgery that is much older than 30 and have much higher prescriptions, that are thrilled with their outcome.