primary eye care

3 Reasons LASIK Consultations Are Important

March 24th, 2021

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If you want great eyesight without glasses or contacts, you have likely heard about LASIK. LASIK is a fantastic way to improve your vision.

But, hearing rumors about LASIK shouldn’t be enough to persuade you to go through with it. Speaking with a professional will give you the information you need to decide to get LASIK, or not.

Keep reading to find out what you will discuss in your LASIK consultation.

LASIK Candidacy

The primary reason to go to a LASIK consultation is to see if you meet the requirements for LASIK. These requirements are to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

You must be a good candidate because there are certain risks involved with the procedure. People who fit all the criteria are low-risk patients. This is why LASIK has such an incredible success rate, around 96%!

During the consultation, your eye doctor will determine your eligibility. They will ask certain questions and put you through a series of tests and examinations. This information will help the doctor determine your eligibility.

This decision is made based on the following:

Your age

Young people do not have fully developed eyes. If your eyes are not developed, your prescription could change after your procedure. 

This will ruin the results of your treatment. But there is no upper age limit, so you can receive LASIK even when you are older!


For much the same reason as being young, LASIK is not suitable for pregnant women. Pregnancy hormones can alter your eyes and eyesight. 

This can affect your prescription and ruin the results of LASIK. 

Vision stability

Your eyesight needs to remain at the same prescription for at least a year. 

General health

Certain diseases or conditions affect your immune system, and your ability to recover. These must be under control before you can undergo elective surgery like LASIK.

Your eye health 

LASIK involves creating a flap during the procedure. So your eyes need to be healthy before having LASIK or it could affect the recovery process. 

Corneal thickness

If your corneas are too thin, LASIK surgeons cannot safely reshape the cornea.

This is a shortlist of criteria you will discuss in your consultation. There are many more candidacy requirements that you will learn about. Thoroughness is key! 

Get Your Questions Answered

Researching on the internet is a great way to get cursory knowledge on a subject. But speaking with a licensed professional is invaluable when it comes to a topic like LASIK.

Being guided by a professional will give you the knowledge you need to make an informed decision. It will also ease your nerves pre-procedure. 

Meet the Team

Trust is the foundation of a successful LASIK procedure. Meeting face to face will help you decide on whether they are right for you. 

Schedule a LASIK consultation at Vision Care of Maine in Bangor, ME, and find out if LASIK is right for you. It could change how you see things forever and change your life for the better!

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