Your current eye condition, occupation, leisure activities, age and personal expectations all help to determine whether you are a good candidate for Joffe Custom LASIK. During your free LASIK exam, we will take many measurements of your eyes to determine if LASIK is a good option for you, and if so, which laser will give you the best results.
The ideal LASIK candidate:
- Has nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
- Is over 18 years old and in good general health.
- Has had stable vision for at least six months.
- Has a healthy cornea thick enough for a corneal flap.
- Does not have a disease or condition that could impair the procedure or healing process.
- Has been educated about the procedure including its risks and benefits.
- Understands that the goal of surgery is to improve vision and reduce dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
Please note, LASIK, like other medical procedures, cannot be guaranteed and results do vary by individual. However, in a recent study of treated patients, over 70% had vision better than 20/20. If you are over 40, please ask us about our Monovision procedure, and the opportunity to free yourself of glasses for near work.
Refractive surgery may not be a great solution if you expect to gain perfect vision under all conditions. No surgical procedure, including LASIK, can assure you of a perfect result. This is a key point to understand before treatment. In addition, refractive surgical procedures, work by changing the shape of the central portion of the cornea. It is not possible anatomically to change the shape of the entire cornea. Consequently, when your pupil enlarges at night, you may look through some of the unchanged (nearsighted) cornea, and your vision will become slightly nearsighted–or you may notice halos, ghost images, or other visual aberrations. You may need a thin pair of glasses (or contact lenses) to help you drive comfortably at night–or to see your best at the back of a movie theater. If you will be unhappy wearing eye wear for occasional needs, then refractive surgery may not be for you.