3 Types of People Who Should Not Get LASIK

3 Types of People Who Should Not Get LASIK


Getting LASIK is a big decision that should be carefully researched. While LASIK is suitable for the majority of people, it is not advisable in certain cases.

Pregnant women

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause changes in vision. As such, having your LASIK assessment done while pregnant can lead to inaccurate results. For this reason, it is advisable to wait until after your first post-pregnancy period before having LASIK done.

For soon-to-be-mums, LASIK can be a game changer, read more about how LASIK changed a mama’s life.

People over 60 years old

There is no age limit for LASIK. However, those who are approaching 60 may want to consider an alternative procedure. This is because at the age of 60, it is likely that one has cataracts.

In Singapore, 78.6% of people who are over 60 have started developing cataracts. Cataracts, the clouding of the natural lens in the eye, cause blurred vision.

If someone already has cataracts, having LASIK done will not be able to give them clear vision. They can consider cataract surgery instead. This 4-in-1 procedure can remove cataracts and treat myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia at the same time.

People with thin corneas

If you have thin corneas or very high prescriptions, LASIK carries a risk of causing corneal ectasia. In such cases, you may consider Epi-LASIK or Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) instead.

Aside from the aforementioned scenarios, LASIK is generally suitable for the majority of the population. It is a safe and accurate procedure that is backed by many years of clinical studies. To date, more than 10 million people have had LASIK done.


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