Who can get laser eye surgery?

With the arrival of new treatment methods, more people than ever are suitable for laser vision correction. Read on below to find out more about who can get laser eye surgery and whether it could be the right option for you. 

Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?

The great news is that laser eye surgery can be used to treat a wide range of vision problems. This includes astigmatism (blurred vision), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and myopia (short-sightedness).
 
There are a few circumstances that could rule you out from receiving laser eye treatment, such as:

  • If you are under the age of 21

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding

  • If you have glaucoma

  • If you have diabetes

  • If your prescription has recently changed 

With regards to people with glaucoma and diabetes, there is a higher chance of complications, which is why laser eye surgery is often deemed unsuitable. Nevertheless, if your diabetes is controlled and you have healthy retinas, you may be considered for treatment.
 
If you are breastfeeding, you should be able to have the surgery once your body returns to normal after finishing breastfeeding your baby, so you’ve not got too long to wait.

Book a consultation

Everyone is different, so it’s really important to book a consultation to assess your suitability for laser eye surgery. Our expert ophthalmic surgeons will be able to give you a final decision as to whether laser eye surgery is an option for you. If it is not, there are other options available, so don’t feel like all hope is lost.

What else could affect my suitability for laser eye surgery?

A variety of factors are considered when we assess your suitability for treatment, and that is the important word here – considered. Each case is different, and having any of these circumstances does not mean you are automatically ruled out.
 
Firstly, the ophthalmic surgeon will ask whether you have any medical conditions. Here are some of the conditions that may affect your suitability for treatment:

  • A prism or a squint that is not corrected by contact lenses

  • Corneal dystrophy

  • Iritis

  • Herpes of the eye

  • Blindness in one eye

  • Partial sightedness

  • Optic nerve damage

  • Collagen disease or Crohn’s

  • Macular degeneration

  • Keratoconus

  • Lupus/SLE

  • Rheumatoid arthritis 

If you are suffering from any type of eye infection, you need to wait for this to be cleared before you can have laser eye treatment. Your eye pressure also needs to be under control. If you suffer from MS, epilepsy, or dry eyes, you may not be suitable, however, this does depend on the status of your condition, again highlighting why a consultation is so important.
 
Your prescription is also something to think about. If your prescription is low - for example, if it is under 0.75 - and you do not have astigmatism, you may not be able to have laser eye surgery. Any patients that require very strong glasses may not be suitable, i.e. with prescriptions over +5.00 and -10.00. However, there are alternative treatments available for such circumstances.

Different types of laser eye surgery

When considering your suitability for laser eye surgery, it is important to acknowledge that there are different types of laser eye treatments available. While you may not be suitable for one type of surgery, you may be a candidate for another. For example, LASIK is the preferred laser eye surgery solution for many. This is because recovery is typically a lot faster and there is less discomfort compared to LASEK treatment. However, not everyone is suitable for LASIK, especially if your corneas are too flat or too thin, in which case LASEK eye surgery could be an option. At Optegra, we also offer the new SMILE laser procedure, which is a minimally invasive form of laser eye surgery providing a great alternative to both LASIK and LASEK. 
 
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of whether you might be suitable for laser eye surgery. Although there are some conditions which can restrict people from receiving treatment, statistics actually show that around 98 per cent of people who contact laser eye surgery clinics are treated. Of course, this differs from clinic to clinic, but the figures are very positive.
 
If you have any concerns about whether you might be able to get laser eye treatment, it’s best to speak to an ophthalmic surgeon to get a definite answer. Book a free consultation with Optegra, and find out what laser eye treatments could be available for you.



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