LASIK: Are You a Candidate?

One of the most common questions I get from my glasses and contact lens patients is “am I a candidate for LASIK”?

Unfortunately, this is a difficult question to answer because your eligibility depends on a number of factors!

Related: “LASIK: What Are the REAL Benefits?”

Here are a few factors to consider before getting LASIK

A few of the main factors for getting LASIK include:

  1. Being over the age of 18 (preferably 21) and must have stable vision for at least one year.
  2. Free of certain health problems (such as uncontrolled diabetes), eye diseases (such as keratoconus or advanced dry eye disease), eye infections and eye injuries.
  3. Not be pregnant or nursing.
  4. Being out of contact lenses for a certain period of time.
  5. The front of your eye, known as the cornea, must be thick enough to surgically alter.

Overall, everyone’s eye and health backgrounds are different. Which is why, if you’re interested in LASIK, we highly recommend having your eyes evaluated by a qualified eye care professional to accurately determine if you’re a candidate.

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Dr. Danny Mack earned his Doctor of Optometry degree at The Ohio State University College of Optometry in Columbus, Ohio. During his training, he gained valuable experience in a variety of clinical settings throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Utah before settling in Hawaii. He currently serves as the Chief of Optometry at Hawaiian Eye Center on the island of Oahu. Dr. Mack regularly manages ocular diseases, provides consultations for eye surgeries, and performs comprehensive eye examinations. He enjoys fitting contact lenses for patients of all ages as well. Dr. Mack won several awards for leadership and service at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and he has a passion for providing quality eye care to individuals in remote locations. He has volunteered his services on eye care outreaches to rural Hawaii, Honduras, and Fiji.