Over the last ten years corrective laser eye surgery has become a popular option for people with a range of common sight problems such as near-sightedness or a mild astigmatism and who no longer wish to be reliant on glasses or contact lenses to improve their vision.

Whilst laser eye surgery may seem like the perfect solution for those who wish to have their sight restored to twenty-twenty vision, it should be borne in mind that, as with other types of surgery, laser eye surgery is not suitable for everyone and nor can it correct every type of visual impairment.

Before proceeding it’s worth ensuring that you meet the requirements for having laser eye surgery as there are a number of factors that can affect your ability to undergo treatment.

What are the requirements for having laser eye surgery?

Laser eye treatment is a surgical procedure like any other and as such it is necessary to ensure that you are in an appropriate state of health before any procedure can be carried out. Therefore, the physical requirements for having laser surgery mean that:

  • You must be at least 18 years old. Corrective eye surgery may be inappropriate before this age as it is possible that your eyes have not yet finished developing.

  • You must not be pregnant or breast feeding.

  • Other than the minor to moderate visual impairment for which you are seeking laser eye surgery, your eyes must be in a healthy condition free from retinal scarring or eye diseases.

  • You must not suffer from a disease of the autoimmune system or be taking any prescribed medication which might interfere with the body’s natural healing process.

  • If you have had a heart pacemaker implanted you may be deemed unsuitable for laser eye surgery.

    In addition to these health aspects it could also be added that laser eye surgery requires care and open mindedness when it comes to choosing the best laser eye surgery provider. It requires a degree of research to ensure that your laser eye surgeon is properly qualified and experienced in the procedure that you want. It also requires your ability to pay for surgery which can be significantly more expensive than expected if aspects such as consultation and aftercare are not included in the quoted price.

    I meet all of the requirements for having laser eye surgery. What now?

    The next step is to collect information from each of the laser eye surgery providers in your area and compare them so that you can make an informed choice as to the best place to obtain your laser eye treatment.