Am I a Candidate for LASIK?

Am I a LASIK candidate? | New YorkAlthough LASIK is one of the most advanced vision correction procedures available today, LASIK is still a surgical procedure. As such, all potential patients must undergo extensive pre-operative evaluation in either our Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn office to determine if LASIK is an appropriate option. Furthermore, potential candidates must be well educated about the benefits and risks of the procedure and have realistic expectations about the potential outcome. If Dr. Harry Koster determines that LASIK is not the procedure that best suits your needs, there may be other procedures such as PRK, Refractive Lens Exchange, or phakic implant surgery, that would be more appropriate for you. Dr. Koster can discuss each of these options with you and give you a fair estimate of the results you could achieve with them. You can begin the process of determining if you are a candidate by taking our Self Evaluation Test online.

The Best Candidates for LASIK are:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • have a refractive error within the FDA-approved correctable range for LASIK
  • have stable vision for at least the last year;
  • have a healthy cornea, retina and eye pressure and no other major eye disease;
  • have a sufficiently thick cornea;
  • have no recent history of herpes infection of the eye
  • have realistic expectations about the surgery’s outcomes and are willing to accept the potential risks, complications and side effects of the procedure;
  • if wearing contact lens, discontinue use at least 7 days prior to the examination, depending on the type of contact lenses.

Who is a Candidate for Custom LASIK?

Even if you have been told you are not a candidate for traditional LASIK, you may be a candidate for LASIK using the most technologically advanced laser available in the United States, the WaveLight® EX 500 Laser.  This laser allows us to treat patients with naturally large pupils under dim light settings, patients with problems driving at night or patients who have pre-existing vision difficulties or pre-existing higher-order aberrations (as identified during a patient's pre-operative evaluation). Aberrations are subtle refractive irregularities that may not be fully correctable by conventional LASIK. NY Vision Group is pleased to be the first practice to acquire the WaveLight EX® 500 Laser, which allows us to provide every LASIK patient with customized wave-front guided treatment.

 Click here to take the self-evaluation test.
For more information please do not hesitate to contact our surgical coordinator at 212.243.2300.