Am I a good candidate for LASIK?
There is no way to tell over the phone if a patient is a good candidate for LASIK vision correction. We really have to see you and examine your eyes. That is the purpose of the free screening exam. The exam starts with you viewing an educational video about LASIK. We than evaluate your distance prescription, the size of your pupils, the stability of your glasses prescription, the curvature of the surface or your eyes and your corneal thickness. Once these factors have been measured by an ophthalmic technician, you are seen by Dr. Martha Jay and/or Dr. Lisa Bennett who evaluate the information and examines your eyes.
In order to be a good candidate for LASIK, your glasses prescription should not have changed significantly over the last 1-2 years. Your eyes must be otherwise healthy. You should be at least 18 years-old, although it is rare to have a stable glasses prescription before age 21. Your cornea cannot be too thick or too thin. Your pupils cannot be too large. You must have a glasses prescription that is within the limits of the procedure.
But just because you are a good candidate for LASIK, doesn't mean you want to have the procedure. So another part of the screening exam is to explain what LASIK can and cannot do for your vision. It is your chance to learn about this remarkable procedure and learn if it is right for you. Finally, you get a chance to see if you feel comfortable with Dr. Jay and our staff to guide you through your LASIK experience.
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