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Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about LASIK from friends, family, or coworkers who have benefitted from this vision enhancing technology. At Vista Laser Vision in New York, Dr. Mark Hornfeld specializes in treating vision ailments with LASIK surgery. Here are some points that describe ideal candidates for a LASIK procedure:

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· Be Within the Proper Age Range: Although there is no specific age that is more or less ideal for LASIK, patients should be at least over eighteen years old. This is due to safety precautions and concerns that persons younger may not be stable enough in terms of general health. Older patients who are beginning to develop cataracts will most likely be ineligible for the procedure.

· Have Stable Vision: The ideal LASIK candidate has had only minor degradation in his or her vision over the last several years. If your vision has gotten considerably worse in recent years, you may not be the best candidate for LASIK as your vision may still be changing. Your prescription should have remained the same for at least two years if you are to undergo LASIK surgery.

· Not be Pregnant: If you are trying to get pregnant, you need to discuss the timing of your possible pregnancy and surgery with your Vista Laser Vision surgeon. Hormonal changes and temporary imbalances during pregnancy as well as nursing can alter your vision and prevent you from achieving ideal results.

· Have Healthy Corneas: Your corneas need to be able to sustain the LASIK procedure, which will require a corneal flap to be cut. If the cornea is not thick enough to be cut into successfully, the surgeon may not be able to create a flap and will have to find alternative methods for treating your condition.

If you think you may be a great candidate for LASIK eye surgery, come in to Vista Laser Vision to consult with Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Dr. Hornfeld has helped thousands of New York clients achieve better eyesight for over ten years. Find out how he can help you by calling us at (212) 580-8881.