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With today’s sophisticated laser technology, nearly 99% of the population can be treated with laser vision correction. While there are some general guidelines for establishing whether you are a good candidate for LASIK, it is important to discuss your particular situation with your eye doctor during your comprehensive exam or with one of the professionals at Tennessee Valley Laser Center during a LASIK evaluation.

In general, the best candidates for LASIK have healthy eyes and stable vision. Stable vision relates to the likelihood that your refractive error (or the the amount of nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism you have) will change. This is why you must be at least 18 years of age or older before having LASIK. We also recommend you have at least two years of annual eye exams prior to LASIK surgery in order to establish whether your eyeglass prescription is stable (usually any diopter change less than +/-0.50 is considered stable enough for LASIK). Whether you will make a good LASIK candidate is a bit more involved than a hard and fast guideline based on an eyeglass prescription, which is why we encourage everyone to schedule a free LASIK evaluation with one of our professionals here at Tennessee Valley Laser Center. During this screening, we will be able to help you understand the best procedure for your needs whether that is LASIK or an alternative vision correction procedure that would better address your needs.

In most cases, LASIK can fully correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness, but it cannot correct vision loss from cataracts. If you require cataract surgery, you may find through consultation with a cataract surgeon that one of the modern intraocular lenses is a better option for correcting your cataracts and refractive error at the same time.

If you are currently pregnant, we encourage you to wait until after you’ve given birth and finished nursing your child to have LASIK surgery. The effects of certain hormonal changes in your eyes combined with the potential risks some prescriptions and over-the-counter medications used during/after LASIK surgery could pose risks to a developing baby.