Know What Makes You a Poor Candidate

Career impact - does your job prohibit refractive surgery?

Cost - can you really afford this procedure?

Medical conditions - e.g., do you have an autoimmune disease or other major illness? Do you have a chronic illness that might slow or alter healing?

Eye conditions - do you have or have you ever had any problems with your eyes other than needing glasses or contacts?

Medications - do you take steroids or other drugs that might prevent healing?

Stable refraction - has your prescription changed in the last year?

High or Low refractive error - do you use glasses/contacts only some of the time? Do you need an unusually strong prescription?

Pupil size - are your pupils extra large in dim conditions?

Corneal thickness - do you have thin corneas?

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Know the risks and procedure limitations?