More than 85% of people who wear spectacles and contact lenses and are 18 years of age or older will be suitable candidates for laser eye surgery.
General health and eye health are both important factors in deciding the suitability of a patient for laser eye surgery. Therefore it is vital that anyone considering treatment undergoes a thorough assessment by a qualified eye specialist to confirm that they are suitable for it.
The following people are considered unsuitable for laser eye surgery:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- People who have immunodeficiency diseases and are therefore vulnerable to infection
- People suffering from certain vascular diseases which leave their blood vessels prone to damage
Whilst pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, thin corneas or previous eye surgery (e.g., squint correction) do not render a person unsuitable for laser eye surgery, they may dictate the type of procedure used and have a bearing on the success of the outcome.
Patients with extreme prescriptions for long- or short-sightedness or astigmatism and are therefore not suitable for laser eye surgery may still have the option of vision correction via intraocular implant surgery—the insertion of a permanent artificial lens within the eye.