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Candidates for Laser Eye Surgery

5th June, 2013  

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The idea of being free from contacts lenses and glasses is extremely tempting for anyone who suffers from poor eyesight. On average, over 100,000 people sign up every year to have laser eye surgery to correct their vision. With its remarkable success rate, this virtually pain-free process is a quick and effective solution – so how will you know if you are a suitable candidate?

If you are over 18 and your prescription has been stable for the last two years, you could be suitable for laser eye surgery. However some providers may also require you to be under a certain age in order to get the best results from the procedure.  To find out, it is best to book an initial consultation with a clinic, in which the eye doctor will go through a set series of procedures to test your eligibility. This will include checking your prescription, checking your eye health, asking about your general health, and also explaining your possible options when it comes to laser eye surgery.

Which eye conditions can it treat?

Whether you suffer from short sightedness, long sightedness, myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, laser eye treatment can help correct your vision. Around 95% of people who wear soft lenses and 85% of people who wear hard lenses or glasses are suitable. Laser eye surgery can also be used to treat people with presbyopia. Presbyopia is an unavoidable symptom that usually occurs from the age of 40, even if you’ve never had a vision problem before. Near vision becomes blurred due to the gradual thickening and loss of flexibility of the natural lens inside your eye. Which treatment you need will differ depending on what vision problem you suffer from. To find out which treatment is best suited to you, and to find out more about specific treatments or vision problems, book a consultation with a reputable laser eye surgery clinic. Not only will they assess your suitability for the treatment, but they will also be able to answer the variety of questions you may have about eye laser treatment. Contact Laser Surgery Eyes and we will help find your local clinic so you can book a consultation when it suits you.

General health

To ensure the procedure is successful, practitioners have guidelines for making sure your eyes are healthy enough for the operation. Factors that may affect your suitability include eye infections, epilepsy, dry eyes, MS and diabetes. Diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Glaucoma may also affect your suitability. Each candidate will have a different set of requirements and factors that need to be taken into account, so it’s impossible to say for certain if you’re eligible or not. Whilst this article aims to inform you of the criteria required for the surgery, it is important to follow the guidance and judgment of your eye surgeon to consider your individual circumstances. Laser eye surgery specialists such as Optimax will offer free consultations to determine your suitability.

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