Who should not get laser eye surgery?

Contraindications. Patients whose refraction is not stable, whose corneas are too thin or are irregular on topography, pregnant patients, patients with uncontrolled diabetes or glaucoma and patients on certain prescription medications such as amiodarone are not good candidates. Also, patients with other eye conditions such as cataract or macular degeneration should not have this surgery. Discuss with your eye md.

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How can it feel to get laser eye surgery?

Different. You will not feel pain since your eyes will be anesthetized. You will feel the sensation of the surgeon moving the flap if you are undergoing lasik. You will see an array of lights while the laser is treating you eye. Read more...

How old should I be to get laser eye surgery?

At least 18. In the United States, one must be at least 18 years of age, and have a stable prescription (no significant changes over the last 1-2 years) in order to qualify for lasik/prk. Additionally, the eye must be healthy, and capable of achieving a good visual result. See a qualified laser eye surgeon for an evaluation and discussion of your particular needs. Read more...
18-21. Fda approval for some lasik lasers is 18 years old and other lasers 21 years old. A stable prescription is also a considering factor for surgery. Read more...

What age do you have to be to get laser eye surgery?

Mostly after 23. The eye is changing in a not totally predictable way prior to age 23 so to avoid re-lasik surgery, most avoid surgery on anyone younger than this. In special cases younger patients may be considered and even a few children have been done but these are exceptions. Read more...

Is it be safe for my friend to get laser eye surgery?

Yes! If your friend is an appropriate candidate, then refractive laser surgery is absolutely safe. It is surgery, and there are risks involved, but the majority of people who have lasik/prk/or advanced surface ablation do great! be sure to follow the instructions your surgeon provides. Read more...
It definitely can be. The safety of lasik surgery is dependent on how good of a candidate the patient is and how experienced the surgeon and his/her staff is in performing the procedure. Read more...

How bad do your eyes have to be to get laser eye surgery?

It depends. There is no specific threshold for laser vision correction. Some patients with low degrees of nearsightedness, astigmatism or farsightedness elect to undergo lasik, while others would not feel impaired with the same prescription. The accuracy of low treatment laser correction is quite high. Read more...
It's not how bad... ... But more how badly you want it. Laser vision correction surgery may be beneficial if you need to wear glasses or contact lenses most of the time. You do not have to wait until your vision gets to a specific level before entertaining having the procedure. The lowest prescription most doctors will treat is about 0.5 to0.75 diopters (less than most people usually wear glasses for). Read more...

How bad are your eyes supposed to be to be able to get laser eye surgery?

It depends. You will need to speak to your refractive surgeon to see if you are a candidate. The newer lasers are very effective in treating both high myopia and hyperopia. Even if you are not a candidate for laser vision correction, there are other options for vision correction. Read more...

How bad could your eyes have to be to not be able to get laser eye surgery?

See below. The fda has approved laser vision correction between 1 to 14 diopters for myopia (nearsightedness), and 1 to 6 diopters for hyperopia (farsightedness). Most surgeons are more conservative than these limits and find the best results for less than 9 diopters for myopia and less than 4 diopters for hyperopia. Read more...