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Is everyone suitable for laser eye surgery?


What is laser eye surgery?

Today, lasers are used by ophthalmologists in many surgical procedures. Lasers can be used to perform refractive lens exchange, lens implant and laser cataract surgery.

The term ‘laser eye surgery’ is used to describe procedures such as LASIK, ASLA/PRK and SMILE®, which are performed to correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. While many people are suitable for laser eye surgery, there are certain people for whom it may not be appropriate.

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Suitability for vision correction

If a person has had a stable prescription for 12 months, has an otherwise healthy eye and is in good general health, it is most likely that they are suitable for laser eye surgery. Most people are suitable for LASIK. However, if a person has unusually thin or irregular corneas, the laser eye surgeon will recommend ASLA, and SMILE may be recommended for people with a high degree of short-sightedness.

(Possibly) unsuitable for a laser vision correction procedure

The following may not be suitable for laser eye surgery:


A vision correction solution is available for 99% of people with otherwise healthy eyes. It may not always be laser eye surgery, but if you are interested in vision correction, book an appointment with an ophthalmologist to find out what your options are.

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