Am I a candidate?
Am I a candidate for LASIK?
Want to know if LASIK is right for you? Drs. Shah and Wasserman are committed to the safety of their patients and their outcomes and they use strict criteria to determine whether laser eye surgery is right for you.
There are several factors that the doctors look at when examining prospective patients to determine their LASIK eligibility. For example, specific refractive errors, general eye health, and other aspects are all considered. Every patient is different and has individual visual needs. Our team will recommend the treatment option that is best suited to you and your eyes.
If you want to discover freedom from glasses and contacts, the best way to start is by booking your free, no‑obligation consultation.
At your appointment, we will evaluate your candidacy using safe, painless, diagnostic testing and determine a treatment option that is right for you. We will also discuss the cost of LASIK surgery, and our financing options.
What can laser eye surgery treat?
Advances in modern medicine have made it possible for surgeons to reshape the cornea and correct refractive errors with laser eye procedures such as LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). Laser eye surgery can correct conditions such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition that means a patient can see near objects clearly, but distant objects appear blurry. This happens when a person’s eyes are longer than usual, which prevents light from focusing properly on the retina and converging at a point just before.
Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is when the eye has trouble seeing nearby objects but can register distant objects more clearly. This is because a hyperopic eye is shorter than a normal sized one, so light converges on a point after the retina and the picture is out of focus.
With astigmatism, objects at near or far distances become blurry. This is largely due to the irregular shape of the cornea—an astigmatic eye resembles a football, not a sphere. This causes light to enter the eye, but it does not focus on a single point, resulting in blurriness.
Is laser eye surgery right for you?
In addition to having a desire to improve your vision and live a life with less dependence on glasses or contacts, you must meet additional criteria to be a candidate for laser eye surgery. Patients should be at least 18 years old, in good overall health, and aware of the risks and potential side effects of the procedure.