Have you ever lost a contact lens to the drain of your bathroom sink? Or had to wipe fog off the lenses on your glasses after taking a sip of piping hot coffee? If you’ve worn glasses or contact lenses, then we’d bet that these have probably happened to you before. So if this sounds familiar to you, you’ve probably got a good idea of just how frustrating wearing either glasses or contacts can be.For these reasons—and many other ones—people are turning to laser vision correction procedures to help treat their eyesight. But before you take this leap to correct your vision, you first need to find out what qualities your surgeon will look at to determine whether or not a vision correction procedure is right for you.
Want to know if a vision correction procedure can treat your specific eye condition? You’ve landed on the right blog post! Often, we’ve heard patients wonder if they meet the necessary criteria for a successful LASIK surgery. This explainer article can serve as a first step towards finding all of that out.
First: why you should (seriously) consider a vision correction procedure
Convenience plays a role in why so many people choose to get a vision correction procedure in the first place. Your LASIK life is all about simplicity, so if you’re someone who is tired of messing around with contact lenses every day (and every night before bed) then your willingness to let go of the hassles of glasses and contacts is perhaps the first criteria.
Let’s face it: The easy lifestyle that this type of surgery promotes is just one of the (numerous) advantages that past patients can agree on. Plus, it’s the kind of surgery that may benefit so many different people, from millennials to baby boomers, the extreme athlete to the amateur yogi. With a vision correction procedure, you no longer have to worry about bringing your glasses to the beach with you. You won’t have to insert your contact lenses before spinning class, either. A vision correction procedure makes for a get-up-and-go way of living—isn’t it time you started living yours?
Since LASIK procedures first gained approval from both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada in the nineties, they have only become more routine—because everyone wants to make life a little less complicated.
Generally speaking, if you are between the ages of 18 to 65, and your eyes are in great health, then you may be a great candidate for a vision correction procedure. Your age and ocular health are two elements that your surgeon will examine when deciding the type of surgery best-suited for you and your eyes.
It’s important to note that this is case-by-case. In some cases, patients much younger than 18 can undergo laser vision correction. For a more definite decision on this, though, your best bet is to speak to a medical professional about your individual vision concerns, and whether or not your age (or eye condition) can be treated surgically.