Who can have LASIK

To be eligible for LASIK you should be at least 21 years of age, have healthy eyes and be in good general health. Your vision should not have deteriorated significantly over the previous two to three years.

LASIK is not generally recommended for people with eye conditions such as:

  • keratoconus (a degenerative eye disorder that leads to thinning of the cornea causing it to change shape)
  • cataract (clouding of the lens in the eye)
  • glaucoma (increased pressure of the fluid in the eye, leading to optic nerve damage and loss of vision)
  • herpes eye infection.

LASIK may not be suitable for people with other medical conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, or for those receiving treatment with some medicines, such as oral steroids.