Laser Eye Surgery Eligibility

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Laser Eye Surgery Eligibility

The majority of common reading, refractive and cataract problems can be resolved with laser eye surgery.

Generally a suitable candidate:

  • Will be at least 20 years of age.
  • Will have had stable vision for the last 12 months.
  • Is not pregnant.
  • Is free of certain diseases of the cornea and retina.
  • Is generally in good health.

Other factors that may determine your eligibility for surgery:

  • Your sporting and recreational activities
  • Glasses or contact lens history
  • Overall eye health history (e.g. previous eye surgeries or history of Keratoconus)

At LASERSIGHT, we know that no two eyes are the same. To plan your individual treatment plan, we offer free assessments with our qualified staff to determine your suitability for eye surgery.

If you are found not to be suitable for laser eye surgery, we offer many other vision correction procedures that may be right for you.

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Frequently asked questions

Am I suitable for LASIK?

If you are over 20 years old and have refractive errors like short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism, then LASIK may be right for you. People with certain health conditions and diseases may not be suitable for the procedure. Similarly, if you have very thin or abnormally shaped corneas, there may be increases risks of undergoing laser eye surgery, and you may need to consider alternative vision solutions. Our free assessment will give you a clear picture of what treatment will work best for you and what outcome you can expect.

Why can’t I have LASIK if I am under 20 years of age?

As LASIK surgery involves permanently changing the shape of the eyes, it can only be performed on adults whose eyes have finished maturing and who have had a stable prescription for at least one year.

Is the procedure safe?

LASIK is considered to be very safe. Over 10 million cases have been performed worldwide in the past 14 years. In the hands of an experienced surgeon utilising state of the art equipment, the procedure has an extremely low incidence of complications that are significant.

Will I be able to throw away my glasses after LASIK?

This depends on your age and what you and the surgeon decide. The goal is for you to throw away your glasses!

How soon can I get back to normal, drive, play sport or go to work?

Most people return to work and drive the day after LASIK surgery.

Do I need to take time off from work?

This depends on the procedure you have and your work environment. It is possible to have a consultation and surgery on the same day.

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