Am I a Candidate for Lasik?


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LASIK is a medical procedure that improves your vision by using a laser. In order to be a candidate for LASIK, you must meet specific criteria involving refractive errors, corneal thickness, and pupil size.

You must also meet basic health and age criteria to help you achieve the best possible vision.

Basic Criteria to be a LASIK Candidate

To be a candidate for LASIK, you must be:

  • between 21—60 years old
  • not have certain systemic diseases, like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, collagen vascular disorders, and uncontrolled diabetes
  • in generally good eye health
  • not currently pregnant or nursing

The best way to find out if you're a candidate for LASIK is to have a thorough examination by a qualified refractive surgeon.

During your screening, our surgeon will:

  • examine your eyes
  • tell you about your treatment options
  • answer any questions you might have

To schedule a refractive surgery vision screening, please call 801-581-2352 or 1-877-248-6374.

You can also call 801-585-3937 if you need to contact the clinic directly.

Before Your Refractive Surgery Vision Screening

Soft contact lens patients: If you are wearing soft contact lenses, please remove them from your eyes one week before your screening.

Gas permeable or hard contact lens patients: If you are wearing gas permeable contact lenses or PMMA hard lenses, please remove them from your eyes two weeks before your examination.

Why Choose Moran For Your LASIK Procedure?

The John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah is the largest ophthalmology clinical care and research facility in the Mountain West.

Highly Trained Surgeons

Our physicians have completed the highest levels of training. You will meet with your doctor at each appointment.

Competitive, Comprehensive Pricing

Our fees include all of your care, from screening to post-operative visits for one year following surgery. You may also be able to take advantage of reduced pricing related to research if studies are available, and to use health savings and flexible spending account funds toward your procedure.

Proven Technology

We conduct thorough eye measurements before your surgery to ensure accuracy, and use only technologies and techniques that have produced the best results over time, like our WaveLight Refractive Suite and Contoura Vision topography-guided LASIK.

Better Outcomes

More than 90 percent of patients that have LASIK and PRK surgeries at Moran have 20/20 or better vision after their surgery.

Careful Screening

Our physicians propose the best solutions for each patient. This means our surgeons will recommend surgery to you only if they're confident that you will benefit from it.

By choosing Moran, you can be confident in the quality of your care.

Please call 801-585-3937 to speak to a refractive counselor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Is LASIK?

LASIK uses laser technology to precisely reshape the cornea, which treats vision problems in people who have nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, or a combination of these conditions. LASIK allows many patients have their vision restored up to, or better than, 20/20.

How Does LASIK Work?

LASIK uses a precise femtosecond laser to create a flap from the top layer of the cornea. The flap is gently folded back, then an Excimer laser uses cool ultraviolet light to sculpt the mid cornea under a protective layer of tissue. Once your surgeon repositions the flap, the procedure is complete.

Since the surface cells of your eyes heal more quickly than any other body part, visual recovery usually occurs within 24 hours and there is minimal discomfort after surgery.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

About 10 minutes or less per eye. You can expect to be at the laser center for one hour on the day of your procedure.

Will I Be Awake? Does LASIK Hurt?

You will be awake during the procedure, but your doctor will numb your eyes with a topical anesthetic to limit discomfort. After surgery, you can use over-the-counter pain medications.

What if I Can’t Keep my Eye Open During Surgery, or if I Move my Head?

We use a device to keep your eye open during the procedure. This device is a lid holder that gently holds your lids open during the procedure. Our physicians will make sure you are positioned correctly. The laser also tracks your eye throughout the procedure to adjust to your movements.

How Safe and Effective is LASIK?

All surgical procedures carry risks that your doctor will discuss with you. But LASIK is one of the most common surgical procedures performed and has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any elective surgery at 96 percent.

At the John A. Moran Eye Center, more than 90 percent of patients who have LASIK and PRK surgeries have 20/20 or better vision after their surgery.

How Long Will My Vision Correction Last?

The correction is permanent, but it’s important to understand your eyes can change as you age.

How Soon Can I Return to Work?

You can return to work the next day after your surgery.

What Are My Limitations After Surgery?

For one week after surgery, you shouldn’t:

  • go swimming,
  • get into a hot tub,
  • wear eye makeup,
  • rub your eyes (make sure to sleep in a protective shield to keep yourself from rubbing your eyes)

Will My Insurance Cover LASIK?

LASIK isn’t covered by insurance, but you can use flexible spending and health savings account funds.

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