What Prevents Patients from Undergoing LASIK? By on January 25, 2011

While LASIK surgery is a great option for many patients who are interested in improving their eyesight, not everyone can undergo LASIK. In some cases, those who are not good candidate for LASIK may still be eligible to undergo another refractive surgery, but this will depend on your given situation. At our Puerto Rico LASIK center, we will determine if LASIK is right for you during a full consultation.

One of the most important things to note when it comes to LASIK is the age of a patient. The eyes need to be fully matured before undergoing LASIK surgery. This means that patients need to be at least 18 years of age and need to have had a stable prescription for at least one year. In addition, patients cannot have had any sort of eye infection within a year of the LASIK surgery. Any woman who is pregnant or nursing will not be a good candidate to undergo LASIK.

Some medical conditions may prevent a person from getting LASIK. If a prospective patient has an autoimmune disease of any kind, he or she is not a good candidate for LASIK surgery. In addition, if the patient has experienced a herpes infection of the eye, that person is similarly not a good candidate for LASIK. Dry eye syndrome will also make LASIK a not-ideal solution for refractive errors.

As mentioned before above, in cases in which a prospective patient is not a good candidate for LASIK, he or she may be a good candidate for another surgery, such as Puerto Rico PRK. This will not always be the case, however, and the only way to find out for sure is by undergoing a comprehensive eye exam at our office. There we will screen your eyes for various factors that may affect your eligibility for refractive surgery.

To schedule a consultation at our office or to learn more about your options for vision correction, contact our Virgin Islands refractive surgery center.

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Byron W. Biscoe, MD

Laser Vision Institute of the Virgin Islands

Byron W. Biscoe, MD, has been in practice since 1994. He is a member of a number of distinguished organizations:

  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc.
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery

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