Lifestyle Factors and LASIK Candidacy

There are many factors which may impact whether you are an ideal candidate for LASIK. While many of these factors are medically related and deal with issues such as the health of your eyes or the thickness of your corneas, there are also several factors that specifically deal with your lifestyle.

Your level of activity may impact your ability to heal after LASIK. People who engage in contact sports may be ruled out as a candidate for LASIK since these sports increase your risk of an eye injury following LASIK. However, if you are willing to refrain from participating in contact sports while your eyes heal, you may still be able to undergo the procedure.

LASIK can make activities such as swimming, scuba diving, or water skiing much more enjoyable, but you will need to avoid water sports for one to two weeks after LASIK to prevent the development of infection while you heal.

High altitude sports such as skiing or mountain climbing may also impact your LASIK candidacy. High altitudes tend to increase your risk of dry eyes, a common complication following LASIK. In order to reduce your risk of dry eyes, you will want to refrain from these activities while your eyes heal.

It is important to discuss these and other lifestyle choices with your LASIK surgeon during your initial consultation to ensure you are a proper candidate for the procedure.

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Am I a Candidate for LASIK?

LASIK surgery can be a life-changing experience, ridding you of the hassles of glasses and contacts once and for all. While many people experiencing nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism are suitable candidates for LASIK, the procedure is not for everyone. At your initial consultation, your LASIK surgeon should conduct a thorough examination to ensure that you are in fact an ideal candidate. Undergoing LASIK if you are not a good candidate may increase your risk of complications.

In general, ideal LASIK candidates:

  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have had stable vision for at least a year
  • Have no eye injuries for the past year
  • Have no corneal scarring
  • Do not suffer from dry eye syndrome
  • Are not pregnant or nursing
  • Have no autoimmune disease which may impact healing
  • Have healthy corneas and at least average corneal thickness
  • Have average pupil size
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure

If you regularly participate in contact sports, you should inform your LASIK surgeon since this may increase your risk of eye injury following LASIK. While playing contact sports does not necessarily rule you out as a candidate, it should definitely be a consideration when deciding whether you want to move forward with the procedure.

If you are not an ideal candidate for LASIK, ask your eye surgeon if you would benefit from an alternative vision correction procedure such as PRK, LASEK, CK, or Epi-LASIK.

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