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Who is Suitable for Laser Eye Surgery?

Learn more about vision correction

05
Oct
2018

Laser eye surgery is perfect for correcting vision impairment. Just imagine waking up every morning with clear 20/20 vision. That’s the dream compared to blurriness and scrambling around to find your glasses!

If you’re completely healthy, over the age of 20, not pregnant and aren’t taking any medications or suffer from other major eye issues, then you should be suitable for laser eye surgery. However, each individual is different and it’s not the perfect solution for everyone.

Your age impacts your suitability, as do things like eye disorders and other medical conditions. Continue reading to find out more about who is and isn’t suitable for laser eye surgery.
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The following factors can impact whether or not you’re suitable for laser eye surgery:

 

Age

Your age can have a big impact on whether or not laser eye surgery is for you. People over the age of 40 are possibly unsuitable for some laser eye surgeries but it does also depend on other factors that come into play.

This is because reduction in vision is a natural part of ageing. Known as presbyopia, it’ll happen to all of us.

It causes you to gradually find it more difficult to read close-up items. So when you’re out and about and you see people having difficulty reading off a menu or squinting to see their mobile phone screens, chances are they have or are developing presbyopia.

That doesn’t mean there’s no solution. While laser eye surgery might not be suitable, reading glasses are an option.

We understand, though. Some people want to eliminate the use of reading glasses entirely so rather than laser eye surgery, other procedures like blended vision can help.

The younger generation can’t be let off that easily either. You should be at least 20 or 21-years-old to undergo laser eye surgery as before then, your eyes are still developing.

Rather than taking the risk, it’s better to wait to see if your prescription is stable before moving ahead.

 

Medical Conditions

As with many forms of surgery, it’s important to be in a good state of health before having laser eye treatment. Although each case is different and consultations can give a better insight as to who is and isn’t suitable, there are some medical conditions that will mean you could be unsuitable for laser eye surgery.

In particular, if you have rheumatoid arthritis, collagen vascular diseases or lupus, then your chances of laser eye surgery are diminished.

The reason behind this is all about safety. Conditions like the ones we’ve mentioned above which affect the immune system can cause complications to arise during the healing process. So to avoid those troubling complications, it’s best to not move ahead with laser eye surgery.

 

Poor Eye Health

It’s equally if not more important to have healthy eyes before having laser eye surgery. Don’t get it confused with vision - your vision is what will be corrected by the laser eye surgery. Instead, it’s the overall health and condition of your eyes which can determine whether or not the procedure should go ahead.

For example, there should be no evidence of keratoconus. This is a degenerative condition which causes the cornea to be thin and more conically shaped. There needs to be a suitable amount of tissue to reshape the cornea, so you won’t be suitable for the procedure if you have thin corneas.

A consultation can find out how thin or thick your cornea is.

Other conditions can also leave you as an unsuitable candidate, such as dry eyes, infections such as blepharitis and even glaucoma. That doesn’t mean laser eye surgery isn’t an option further down the line, but the cause of the dry eyes needs to be determined first as well as the severity of the issue.

 

You Don’t Have a Stable Prescription or Need Strong Glasses

Prescriptions that fluctuate is a big indication that you’re not ready for laser eye surgery. Many things can cause that to happen, such as younger people experiencing changes in their vision as we explained above.

However, you might also have unstable prescriptions for other reasons. This includes having hormone changes due to conditions such as diabetes or if you’re using certain types of medication.

At the same time, if you need very strong glasses then you might also be unsuitable. For example, if you have a prescription over -10.00 or +5.00, then you might not be a good candidate for laser eye surgery but a good fit an alternative treatment instead.

Thankfully, not every condition is permanent. It might result in you having to wait a little bit longer before you’re a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery, such as the reason below.

 

You’re Pregnant or Breastfeeding

During pregnancy, hormonal flux within the body can cause collagen fibres to relax and become more supple. This has a knock-on effect on the eyes as it can cause refractive changes in the cornea - meaning your prescription may fluctuate

Luckily, this doesn’t eliminate those that are pregnant and breastfeeding entirely are these normally revert to the preoperative level once the pregnancy status has passed.

To remain on the safe side, laser eye surgery is avoided on women when they are pregnant, especially if they are within the first trimester of pregnancy.

Laser eye surgery is also inadvisable around three months after breastfeeding is complete. This is because increased hormonal activity during pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect vision and the drugs used in the consultation process can pass across to the baby.

 

What Else Makes Me Unsuitable for Laser Eye Surgery?

The best way to determine if you’re suitable or unsuitable for laser eye surgery is by booking a consultation. However, there are conditions below which also suggest that you wouldn’t be suitable for laser eye surgery.

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Optic nerve damage
  • Blindness in one eye
  • Partial sightedness
  • Herpes of the eye
  • Iritis
  • A squint or prism which isn’t corrected by contact lenses

If you haven’t ticked any of the boxes above then lucky you, you’re a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery. But that doesn’t mean you should find any old clinic and book an appointment right away!

You need to consider a lot more regarding laser eye surgery. For example, the different types there are such as LASIK and LASEK, the side effects of laser eye surgery, how long they last and much more to put your mind at ease.

The benefits, however, do outweigh the negatives. If anything, never having to search for your glasses again should be enough motivation to consider the treatment.

 

Want to Find Out More About Laser Eye Surgery?

Focus Clinic is the UK’s most trusted laser eye surgery clinic and the only surgery with a 100 percent success rate. Patients aren’t handed hidden or surprise costs as we offer a 10-year guarantee. So, if any extra treatment is needed, it’s all free of charge.

If you do have any more questions about laser eye surgery and want to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, download our comprehensive information pack which is filled with all of the content you need to learn more about laser eye surgery.

To download your free copy, click on the button below.

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By: David Allamby
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