Are You a Candidate?

LASIK Candidate


Suitability for LASIK Based on Your Condition

Laser vision correction surgery can correct almost any vision condition, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia (inability to focus close-up), and astigmatism.  It can also correct vision where there is a dual diagnosis, such as myopia and presbyopia.

Bladeless custom LASIK, or PRK, can be used to treat myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, or astigmatism.  The laser technique is chosen by the surgeon to match each patient’s unique needs rather than to match a specific eye condition.

For patients with cataracts, NVISION offers cataract surgery. Cataract patients can also choose to have laser vision correction surgery, if appropriate.

A Quick Look at Your Vision Condition

If you wear glasses or contacts for distance vision, you probably have myopia (nearsightedness).

If you wear glasses or contacts for close-up vision, you most likely have hyperopia (farsightedness).

If you wear reading glasses, you may have astigmatism or presbyopia.

If you wear bifocal glasses, you likely have presbyopia.

If you have foggy vision, you may have a cataract.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Good candidates are at least 18 years of age and in good general health.
  • Good candidates should be free of eye diseases, including keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. Candidates should be free of certain eye viruses, including herpes simplex and herpes zoster. Good candidates should also be free of certain health problems, including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, and any medication or conditions which render the patient immunocompromised.
  • Patients should make their doctors aware of any eye problems such as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance), severe dry eyes, previous eye surgery or injury, or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions that may affect healing. Other conditions that should be discussed with a doctor include keloid scarring with previous surgical healing, back problems, claustrophobia or other psychological problems that may affect the surgery or recovery.
  • It is critical that a potential laser vision correction candidate has obtained a stable prescription for at least one year. Since hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue laser vision correction until two menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued. This is to make sure that the best results are achieved with the surgery and to try to limit fluctuations in prescription that can occur with hormonal shifts.
  • If you’d like to talk with someone who has had laser vision correction with NVISION, we’d be happy to put you in touch with patients who can discuss their experiences with you.
  • A screening with your NVISION eye doctor is the best way to determine if you are an appropriate candidate and what your probable outcome may be. If you do not have an eye doctor who is trained in laser vision correction, your local NVISION Laser Eye Center will refer you to an experienced laser vision correction doctor in your area.

NVISION Laser Eye Centers offer FREE consultations to help determine if you’re a good candidate for laser vision correction surgery.