Who is a potential candidate for LASIK or PRK eye surgery?
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), potential candidates for corrective laser eye surgery must meet the following criteria. However, it is advised that potential candidates consult his/her physician before undergoing any type of corrective eye surgery. The criteria include: The candidate must be at least 21 years old if being treated with the Summit laser (one brand of excimer lasers), or 18 years old if being treated with the VISX laser (another brand of excimer lasers). This age requirement is necessary to ensure the eyes have finished growing. The candidate must have mild to moderate nearsightedness (myopia). The candidate must be free of eye disease, problems with the retina, or scarring of the cornea. The candidate must have the financial ability to pay for this costly surgery, since insurance may not cover the procedure. The candidate must be aware of all the side effects, risks, and benefits of the surgery. Candidates should also be aware of the alternative t