Is Lasik for You

Suitability for LASIK

Am I a good candidate for laser vision correction surgery?

The best way to determine if laser vision correction surgery is right for you is to start with an eye exam by your optometrist or an ophthalmologist.  The doctor will examine your eyes and determine if you have a prescription suitable for laser vision correction surgery.  At NVISION, our doctors consider each patient’s unique needs in making recommendations.  Our patient counselors and doctors are there every step of the way to ensure that the patient is comfortable and receives answers to all his or her questions.

 Is laser vision correction surgery just for people of specific ages?

Laser vision correction surgery can be appropriate for people ages 18 and up.  Appropriate candidates must have good eye health with no eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma.  Laser vision correction can treat a very broad range of conditions, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism.

What if I have diabetes?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with controlled diabetes can have Laser vision correction surgery.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have systemic lupus erythematosus?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with systemic lupus erythematosus can have laser vision correction surgery.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have HIV?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with HIV can have laser vision correction surgery.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have a compromised immune system?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with compromised immune systems can have laser vision correction surgery.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have epilepsy?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with epilepsy can have laser vision correction surgery.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have a collagen vascular disease?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with a collagen vascular disease can have laser vision correction surgery.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have connective tissue disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis)?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, some patients with connective tissue disorders can have laser vision correction surgery, but there is a slightly higher risk of complications after the treatment as these conditions can be associated with altered healing responses.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have Hepatitis C?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with Hepatitis C can have laser vision correction surgery.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have herpes infection of the eye?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with herpes infection of the eye can have laser vision correction surgery, but only if there has not been an occurrence of the infection for at least 12 months prior to the procedure.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have glaucoma?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with glaucoma can have laser vision correction surgery, but it is not a treatment for glaucoma.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have a cataract?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, depending on the severity of the cataract, patients with a cataract can have laser vision correction surgery, but it is not a treatment for cataracts.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.  NVISION also provides procedures specifically for cataracts.

What if I have nystagmus (involuntary eye movements)?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with nytagmus can have laser vision correction surgery.  It is not a treatment for nystagmus, but may improve the condition.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have iritis?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with iritis (a condition where the iris becomes inflamed) can have laser vision correction surgery, but it is not a treatment for iritis.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have a detached retina?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with detached retinas can have laser vision correction surgery, but it depends on the severity of the condition.  Laser eye surgery is not a treatment for a detached retina.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have a macular degeneration?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with macular degeneration can have laser vision correction surgery, but it depends on the severity of the condition.  Laser eye surgery is not a treatment for a macular degeneration.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have prism in my glasses (double vision)?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with prism in their glasses (double vision) can have laser vision correction surgery. There may still be a need for prism glasses after surgery if double vision with contacts or without the prism glasses exists.  Laser eye surgery is not a treatment for double vision.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have dry eyes?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with dry eyes can have laser vision correction surgery, but it depends on the severity of the condition.  Laser eye surgery is not a treatment for dry eyes.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have large pupils?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with large pupils can have laser vision correction surgery, typically with Custom LASIK procedures.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have night vision disturbances?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients with night vision disturbances can have laser vision correction surgery, with expected correction of these problems. Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

Can I have laser vision correction if I am pregnant or nursing?

Yes, but laser treatment is inadvisable until four weeks after breastfeeding is complete.  Increased hormonal activity during pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause vision to fluctuate. In addition, the medication used during surgery can be passed to the baby through breast milk. 

What if I am prone to keloid scarring?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients who are prone to keloid scarring can have laser vision correction surgery.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I am taking prescription medication?  Can I still have laser vision correction?

Yes, patients who are taking prescription medications can have laser vision correction surgery.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.

What if I have been turned down for laser vision correction by another clinic?

Patients who have been turned down by other clinics are welcome to get a no-obligation consultation from NVISION.  If a clinic turns you down due to corneal thickness, it is smart to have a complete pre-operative assessment to rule out keratoconus, a dystrophy of the eye that leads to thinning of the cornea.  If you have thin corneas, but do not have keratoconus, the doctor will likely recommend a surface procedure such as PRK/LASEK.  Suitability will be determined at the pre-procedure consultation.