the eye institute of west florida

LASIK Candidacy Information

lasik tampaAm I a LASIK Candidate?

You must be at least 18 years of age, in good general health, with stable refraction for 2 years. A screening with Dr. Weinstock or Dr. Desai is the best way to determine if you are a LASIK candidate and what your probable outcome may be.

Candidates should be free of eye diseases including keratoconus, eye viruses including herpes simplex and herpes zoster and also certain health problems including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease.

Our physicians will want to be aware of other eye problems including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance), severe dry eyes, previous eye surgery or injury, or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions which may affect healing like keloid scarring. Patients should make our physicians aware of back problems, claustrophobia or other psychological problems, which may affect the surgery or recovery should also be reported.

It is critical that a potential candidate has maintained a stable vision prescription for at least one year. Since hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, pregnant or women nursing are not eligible to pursue laser vision correction until six months after nursing has been discontinued. This is to make sure the best results are achieved with surgery and to try to limit fluctuations in vision that can occur with hormonal shifts.

Also, if you would like to talk with someone who has had laser vision correction with Dr. Weinstock or Dr. Desai, we will be happy to put you in touch with patients who can describe their personal experiences to you firsthand. Please contact our LASIK coordinator at 727-518-2020 for more information or to coordinate your complimentary LASIK consultation.

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