Are You a Candidate for LASIK Surgery?

If you are looking to improve your vision, LASIK surgery is a fantastic option for most! 

However, there are a few conditions and factors that could prevent someone from being the right candidate for LASIK. In this article, we take a brief look at some of these factors and why they could impact your ability to get LASIK eye surgery.

Thin or Abnormal Corneas

At our consultation, our ophthalmologist, Dr. Boyd, will examine your corneas for any abnormalities or thinness. The thickness of your cornea is not visible to the naked eye and will need to be examined by a professional. If your corneas are too thin, LASIK surgery may not be the right option for you. Thankfully, we do offer a wide range of laser eye surgery treatments and our team would be happy to find a procedure that works for you.

The Dryness of Your Eyes

Do you find your eyes suffering from constant dryness? Severe cases of constant eye dryness can prevent you from being the right candidate for LASIK eye surgery. If you are looking to receive LASIK but struggle with severe eye dryness, feel free to reach out and Dr. Boyd can perform an examination and review your options.

Athletes at Risk of Facial Trauma

While by-and-large athletes are good candidates for LASIK surgery, extra care should be taken—particularly if you partake in sports that put you at risk of facial trauma. 

The rapid eye movement required during sports can strain and injure the corneal flap. For this reason, extra recovery time should be taken after your LASIK operation before resuming your sport. Intense sports such as martial arts and boxing provide a greater risk of injury—a significant recovery period should be taken before continuing with these activities. For professional athletes, it is important to take into consideration the amount of recovery time required from their chosen sport before getting LASIK.

LASIK at BoydVision

Our experienced ophthalmologist, Dr. Boyd, has been providing LASIK to Vancouver and Burnaby for decades. Our laser eye center also offers alternatives such as PRK laser surgery and ICL surgery if LASIK isn’t the right option for you. If you are thinking about improving your vision and are unsure if you are the right candidate for LASIK, be sure to book a LASIK eye surgery consultation