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Am I A Candidate

One of the best safety measures that Clarity Laser Vision can provide is stringent patient screening; patients will only receive the procedure after thorough diagnostic testing and initial assessments by your surgeon. During your pre-operative evaluation, your surgeon will examine your eyes and medical history to determine if you are a good LASIK or PRK candidate.

Of Age - If you’re at least 18 years of age, then you may be able to get LASIK or PRK. We typically prefer to perform laser procedures on patients 21 years and older to further ensure stability of the eyes prior to laser treatment but each individual is unique.

Able to Lie Down - LASIK or PRK is administered with the patient lying down, so make sure that you’re able to lie down for the duration of the procedure.

Realistic Expectations - A good candidate for LASIK or PRK should have realistic expectations for their vision correction. LASIK and PRK are incredible procedures for improving the acuity of your vision, but they will not fix all vision problems and eye diseases.

No Contacts - You will need to stop wearing contacts for a certain amount of time before your diagnostic consultation. Contacts change the shape of the cornea, which can affect the surgeon’s precise readings of your eye during your consultation. Please make sure you can stop wearing contacts for at least a week if you use soft contact lenses and at least 3 weeks if you use Rigid Gas Permeable contact lenses.

Level of refractive error - The range of prescriptions that a surgeon can treat with LASIK or PRK will depend on things like the type of technology being used, surgical experience, and the surgeon’s comfort level. The superior technology available at Clarity Laser Vision along with Dr. Al-Ghoul’s extensive experience with refractive surgery gives him the ability to correct a much wider range of prescriptions.

Because every individual has a unique set of eyes with unique lifestyle requirements, it is important to have a thorough assessment with your surgeon enhanced by the latest diagnostic technologies to determine which laser procedure is best for you. Some individuals can qualify for having a choice between LASIK and PRK and others may have better laser outcomes if they do one of the two techniques. Also, there may be individuals who do not qualify for either LASIK or PRK all together but qualify for intraocular procedures like PHAKIC ICL or REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE. Determining the best technology for your eyes is a thorough process that requires individual assessment and discussion with your surgeon. Ultimately we want to make sure that we safely assess all parameters of your eyes to determine which technology gives you the best outcomes.

PHAKIC ICL and REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE are intraocular procedures that are sometimes offered to individuals who may not be candidates for LASIK or PRK but are still candidates for vision corrective procedures. Because these are intraocular procedures, they require a certain level of skill set that Dr. Al-Ghoul has in ensuring you would achieve excellent outcomes with these techniques. Determining which individual would qualify for which technique is a thorough process that requires extensive assessment and discussion with your surgeon. Our priority is to ensure you are safe to have any procedure first then determine which procedure best suits your eyes.

The best LASIK or PRK candidate is someone with generally healthy, disease-free eyes. However, these conditions might interfere with your LASIK procedure, so make sure to discuss them in detail with your surgeon during your consultation. Conditions that may prevent you from having laser treatment include:

  • Eye inflammation
  • Certain prescription drugs
  • Eye Infection
  • Severely Dry Eyes
  • Some rheumatological conditions (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus)
  • Degenerative or hereditary diseases of the cornea
  • Diabetes with advanced retinal disease
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Strabismus (eye muscle imbalance)
  • Thin corneas

Having any of these conditions will make you ineligible to receive LASIK or PRK:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding

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