Am I a LASIK Candidate?
LASIK candidates must be at least 18 years old with stable vision (little to no change in prescription) for at least one year prior to LASIK surgery.
Candidates must also have gone one year without a serious eye infection or injury. An autoimmune disorder such as Lupus or HIV, a history of herpes infection in the eye, or excessive corneal scarring may disqualify you from having LASIK. It is important to speak with your surgeon regarding any of these issues. As with any surgery, you must understand the risks involved with LASIK and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome. LASIK candidates should not be pregnant or nursing at the time of surgery because hormones may cause fluctuations in refractive error. People who suffer from extreme dry eye syndrome may not be good LASIK candidates.
LASIK Evaluation by an Ophthalmologist
To find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK, you will need a thorough evaluation by one of Wolfe Eye Clinic’s experienced LASIK surgeons. At your consultation, your surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK laser vision correction and discuss in detail the procedures along with their benefits and risks. The consultation process will help you to understand what you can reasonably expect from the procedure. You will also have the opportunity to meet our staff — many of whom are refractive surgery patients. In addition, we have a full-time LASIK Patient Service Representative (800-237-5393) to answer any additional questions that may arise before or after your consultation.
At the time of your evaluation, you will also receive a comprehensive eye examination. This entire process will take a couple of hours. Your eyes will be dilated so that accurate measurements of your level of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can be determined. A computerized topographic map will be made of the corneal surface. This advanced technology plots curvature measurements from 8,000 points taken from the corneal surface. This information enables more accurate surgical planning and allows us to determine if there are any microscopic abnormalities that would exclude you from having LASIK surgery.
Ultrasonic measurements of the corneal thickness will also be obtained. These allow us to determine the exact thickness of the cornea with accuracy of up to one thousandth of a millimeter. Pupil measurements will also be taken. The examination will allow us to check for glaucoma, cataract and retinal disease. If the surgeon determines that you are a good LASIK candidate, you may then choose to schedule surgery at any time.
Wolfe Eye Clinic has an experienced team of LASIK surgeons who are able to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery. Wolfe Eye Clinic offers complete LASIK surgery services throughout Iowa, including Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Marshalltown and Waterloo.
Please contact Wolfe Eye Clinic’s LASIK Coordinator at 1-800-237-5393 to ask any LASIK-related questions or to schedule an appointment to meet one of our LASIK surgeons: Dr. James Davison, Dr. Louis Scallon, Dr. Steven Johnson, Dr. Todd Gothard, Dr. Benjamin Mason, Dr. Matthew Rauen.