LASIK Surgery: Is It Right for You?

Do you suffer from poor vision? Are you tired of having to wear contact lenses or glasses constantly? If so, LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses) surgery can help you to see with 20/20 vision.

Since it was first approved by the FDA in 1999, millions of people have asked ‘Is LASIK eye surgery right for me?’ before successfully undergoing this procedure. In 2000 alone, more than 1.4 million Americans had LASIK surgery. Currently, around 700,000 procedures are carried out each year, which demonstrates its popularity.

As with most eye surgeries, not everyone will be suitable for LASIK, and before you make a final decision, it’s important to ask ‘Is LASIK surgery right for me?’ The information below should help you to answer this.

Who Is a Candidate for LASIK Surgery?

The basic eligibility requirements for LASIK surgery are as follows:

  • Aged 18 or older
  • Vision has not significantly changed in the past 12 months
  • Vision can be improved to at least 20/40
  • You are not pregnant or breastfeeding at the time of surgery
  • Your prescription is between -1.00 and -12.00 diopters (if nearsighted)
  • You have an average pupil size of about 6mm in a dark room

Take our LASIK self-test here to learn more about who is eligible for this procedure.

What Are the Benefits of LASIK Surgery?

The main benefit of this procedure is that it corrects vision; around 96% of patients will attain their desired vision after undergoing LASIK surgery. Vision is also corrected almost immediately after the procedure itself, plus there is very little downtime.

The procedure is an excellent option for people who suffer from common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Following the procedure, most people will be able to see clearly without the need for contact lenses or glasses.

Is LASIK Surgery Right for Me?

If you want to find out if you’re eligible for LASIK eye surgery, we recommend, get in touch with our team today and book a free appointment. For those of you wondering ‘is LASIK surgery right for me?’ our qualified and experienced team is here to help.

We are the leading eye care treatment center in Pennsylvania and have more than 40 years of experience working in the community. At our free appointment, you will discover your suitability and whether or not you could benefit from LASIK eye surgery. We look forward to speaking with you.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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