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Qualified Laser Eye Surgery Candidates

Thanks to advance­ments in med­ical tech­nol­o­gy, thou­sands of indi­vid­u­als under­go surgery to per­ma­nent­ly cor­rect their vision each year. LASIK and PRK eye surgery are two very pop­u­lar options for patients seek­ing to improve their qual­i­ty of life with bet­ter vision. While the two surg­eries cor­rect the same vision prob­lems, some patients make bet­ter can­di­dates for one type of surgery over the oth­er. Let’s take a look at what makes a good can­di­date for each surgery.


  • Must be 18 or old­er.
  • Over­all good health, no con­di­tions like uncon­trolled dia­betes, vas­cu­lar dis­ease, or immune sys­tem issues.
  • No eye dis­eases such as ker­a­to­conus, glau­co­ma, cataracts, corneal dis­ease or reti­nal and optic nerve dis­eases.
  • No eye mus­cu­lar prob­lems like lazy eye or any mus­cle imbal­ances.
  • Must not be nurs­ing or preg­nant due to the fact that hor­mones may affect the sta­bil­i­ty of your pre­scrip­tion.
  • Patients must not be suf­fer­ers of per­sis­tent dry eyes.
  • Patients’ vision must be unchang­ing for at least one year pri­or to the pro­ce­dure.
  • Con­tacts must not be worn for a deter­mined length of time set by your doc­tor to ensure corneal sta­bil­i­ty for the surgery.
  • Patients must have a corneal thick­ness of at least 0.5 mm for the pro­ce­dure.

There are few dif­fer­ences in can­di­dates for PRK surgery-

  • Patients who are very active or par­tic­i­pate in con­tact sports.
  • Patients with corneas that are too thin to qual­i­fy for LASIK
  • Aller­gy suf­fer­ers that may be more like­ly to vig­or­ous­ly scratch or rub their eyes.
  • Extreme myopic patients with pre­scrip­tions over ‑5.00 diopters.

It’s best to dis­cuss both options with your doc­tor and decide which surgery is best for you based on the num­ber of fac­tors list­ed above. Whichev­er pro­ce­dure you choose, LASIK or PRK, you will sure­ly be sat­is­fied with your choice.

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.
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