Am I a candidate?

Find out if you’re eligible for life-changing LASIK.

Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK?

As of 2016, more than 40 million people worldwide have enjoyed the benefits of laser vision correction.

If you’re among the 90% of people between the ages of 18 to 65 who are excellent candidates for LASIK, you can embrace freedom, too.

Want to learn if LASIK is right for you? There are a number of factors that our surgeons and eye care professionals look at when examining prospective patients to determine their LASIK eligibility. For example, their specific refractive error, general eye health, and other factors are all considered. Every patient is different, and has individual needs. Our team will recommend the treatment option that is best suited to you and your eyes.

If you want to discover freedom from glasses and contacts, and wish to ensure that you’re a good candidate, the best way of knowing is by booking your free, no-obligation consultation. At your appointment, we will evaluate your candidacy using safe, painless, diagnostic testing and determine a treatment option that is right for you.

At LASIK MD, we treat a number of eye conditions. Those who aren’t eligible for LASIK may be offered an alternative option to help free them from glasses and contact lenses.

Can LASIK treat my eye condition?

Laser vision correction may very well be able to treat your eye condition. Just over 50% of Canadians have some form of visual impairment so if you have one of the conditions outlined below, find out if the procedures we offer can correct your particular eye condition. You want to let go of wearing glasses or contacts—and we want help you see the world with fresh with perspective.

Myopia (nearsighted)

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition that means a patient can see near objects clearly but distant objects appear blurry. This happens when a person’s eyes are longer than usual, which prevents light from focusing properly on the retina and converging at a point just before.

Hyperopia (farsighted)

Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is when the eye has trouble seeing nearby objects but can register distant objects more clearly. This is because a hyperopic eye is shorter than a normal-sized one, so light converges on a point after the retina and the picture is out of focus.

Astigmatism

With astigmatism, objects at near or far distances become blurry. This is largely due to the irregular shape of the cornea—an astigmatic eye resembles a football, not a sphere. This causes light to enter the eye, but it does not focus on a single point, resulting in blurriness.

Presbyopia (reading vision)

Presbyopia is an eye condition that causes people to have difficulties focusing on small details, like fine print. It commonly appears in people aged 40 and over, at an age in which the eye begins to lose elasticity. Those with presbyopia usually wear reading glasses to see small objects better.

Cataracts

Cataracts are the age-related clouding of the eye’s natural lens. This condition typically starts to form in people who are over the age of 40. Symptoms include difficulty seeing clearly, duller colours and difficulties driving at night-time.

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is characterized by a cone-like shaped cornea that deflects light as it enters the eye, which causes distorted vision. Symptoms of this condition usually become evident in a person’s late teens or twenties.

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What could disqualify me from getting LASIK?

The majority of patients that come to LASIK MD are candidates for some type of vision correction. However, there are some factors that could potentially affect your eligibility, including:

  • YOUR EYE'S HEALTH
    Certain eye conditions may be limiting, such as severe dry eye syndrome, conjunctivitis (commonly known as pink eye) or other types of eye infection.

  • YOUR CORNEAL THICKNESS
    If your corneas are too thin, then this physiological trait may impact your potential to get a laser vision correction procedure. And while you can’t see just how thick or thin your corneas are just by looking at them, one of our eye care professionals will take accurate measurements at your consultation. In the event that this is your situation, we do offer other treatment options to help correct your eyesight that are not conventional LASIK.

  • PREGNANCY
    Pregnant women are not eligible for surgery. Please advise us if you are pregnant—or are planning on becoming pregnant—at your pre-operative consultation. At this appointment, your eye care professional will determine what is an appropriate timeframe for you to safely undergo the procedure. Nursing moms, on the other hand, may be candidates, but should speak to their doctors beforehand to rule out any risk.

  • PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS
    If you have certain pre-existing conditions, like rheumatological conditions (such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis), then you are unfortunately not permitted to undergo this procedure.

The above are just some things we look at before you are given the go-ahead to get LASIK. Ultimately, the best way to know if you are a definite candidate for this procedure, however, is to book a pre-operative assessment with our knowledgeable staff.

How old do I have to be to get LASIK?

Over 99% of laser vision correction patients are between 18 to 70 years of age. For people younger than 18, our surgeons prefer waiting because your prescription may still change as you get older.

And while laser vision correction can be a great option for anyone with eye conditions such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, different technologies available can help those thinking in the long-term: For interested people aged approximately 40 and older, we may recommend our all-encompassing and comprehensive treatment option, PresbyVisionTM.

I’m not a candidate for LASIK. What’s next?

Though you may not be a candidate for LASIK, you might be well-suited for another type of vision correction procedure we offer. From reading vision correction procedures (such as PresbyVisionTM), implantable contact lenses, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) or Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL), if you’re not a candidate for LASIK, we’ve got you covered—drop by our clinic to see if we can help correct your specific eye condition.

Optometrist

 

Do you have an optometrist that you visit regularly? If so, your optometrist may be a member of our network of affiliate doctors and be able to discuss laser vision correction and candidacy with you.

FIND AN AFFILIATE OPTOMETRIST

The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate is to undergo our comprehensive eye exam.

There is no obligation and it’s free, so you really have nothing to lose.