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Focus on laser eye surgery: Part 1


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Basic eligibility criteria

Welcome to the first in a series of short articles covering various questions related to laser eye surgery.

If you use glasses and/or contact lenses, you’ve probably considered the possibility of laser eye surgery at some stage and may have wondered if you meet the requirements for surgery. Even though Vision Eye Institute offers free assessments, we understand that some people prefer to have an idea of their eligibility before arranging and travelling to an appointment.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of the basic criteria that you should meet to qualify for laser eye surgery:

  • You are between 18 and 55 years of age
  • You suffer from long-sightedness, short-sightedness and/or astigmatism
  • Your eyes are healthy and you do not have a history of eye problems (e.g. scarring or thinning of the cornea) or significant eye trauma
  • Your glasses/contact lens prescription has remained stable for 12 months
  • You are not pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you meet the above criteria, you may be eligible for laser eye surgery. We recommend booking in for a free assessment, where we can check the health of your eyes and confirm whether you are suitable for surgery, including which corrective procedure would suit you best. The cost of the surgery, and the benefits and risks, will also be discussed and we will happily answer any questions you may have. Please allow approximately two hours for the initial assessment.

If you are unsure about whether you meet the basic requirements, you are welcome to contact us here or go ahead and book a free assessment.

Click here for common FAQs relating to laser eye surgery.

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The information on this page is general in nature. All medical and surgical procedures have potential benefits and risks. Consult your ophthalmologist for specific medical advice.

Date last reviewed: 2024-04-11 | Date for next review: 2026-04-11

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