Are You Ready For Laser Eye Surgery?
There’s more to Laser Eye Surgery than meets the eye.
Bad puns aside, Optilase Optometrist conduct a thorough evaluation of potential patients at the initial consultation as not everyone is a viable laser eye surgery candidate.
Factors affecting Laser Eye Surgery
Laser Eye Surgery is a process and there are certain steps to follow before you can receive treatment:
Age: You must be over 18.
Health & Wellbeing: It is important that you are in good general health and do not suffer from certain conditions such as undiagnosed diabetes, autoimmune disease or take any medication that affect your immune system.
Nursing/Pregnancy: Hormones during pregnancy or lactating can destabilize your prescription.
General Eye Health: You must be free of any ocular diseases including glaucoma, cataracts as well as any corneal, retinal or optic nerve diseases.
Existing Eye Problems: You must make your consultant aware of any pre-existing eye conditions such as having a lazy eye, any muscle imbalance or any other conditions whether they are active, intermittent, or residual.
Ocular Injuries: If you have any infections or have sustained an injury to the eye cavity, be sure to tell your consultant.
Corneal Thickness: The thickness of a patient’s cornea plays a vital part in establishing suitability for Laser Eye Surgery since it is the part of the eye that receives treatment. Ideally your cornea will be at least 0.5mm thick.
Contact Lens Wearers: Before your free consultation for Laser Eye Surgery you will be asked not to wear your contact lens for a certain period of time. This is ensure an accurate assessment of your corneas in their natural state (contact lenses can flatten them a bit).
Stable Vision: In the year leading up to your Laser Eye Surgery, it must be first established that you have a stable prescription (0.5D change or less).