If you’ve been seriously considering pursuing LASIK as a vision-correction option, one of the first steps you’ll need to take is to find out if you are a candidate for the procedure.
As effective as LASIK is, it is a suitable option for most but not all patients. There are several factors our surgeons take into consideration in determining qualification, including:
- Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth
- Size of patient’s pupils
- Corneal thickness
- Corneal scarring from a previous injury
- The presence of certain autoimmune diseases
Depending on the circumstances, the doctors will consider your personal history to ensure that you’re a candidate for LASIK.
How do you find out if you’re a good candidate? One initial quick-and-easy option is to fill out the brief questionnaire on our website. It only takes a couple of minutes and can help our staff determine if you might be a suitable candidate for LASIK.
You can also request online a free consultation with our staff, to be conducted either at our main office on Weisgarber Rd. in Knoxville or at one of our area satellite offices. During that meeting, our staff will take a reading of your current glasses/contacts prescription to determine if you are within the treatable range of LASIK. They will also perform a routine corneal topography map to determine the thickness of your cornea and explain the LASIK procedure in its entirety.
If no disqualifying factors are found at this point, you will be asked to come in to our main office for a thorough pre-operative exam, during which our surgeons and staff will make the final determination as to whether you are a good candidate for LASIK. The exam, which takes two to three hours, consists of a comprehensive series of tests to confirm your suitability for the procedure and to help the doctors develop a customized treatment plan for your individual case.