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Timing your laser eye surgery

Corrective vision surgery such as LASIK can give you freedom from glasses or contacts. As long as you are medically cleared as a candidate, take into consideration the timing of your surgery.

For starters, your vision must be stable for at least one year prior to the procedure date. The minimum age for corrective vision surgery is 18, but most people do not reach their vision plateau until their 20s.

Hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, so pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue LASIK surgery until three menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued.

Consider when you can go without contact lenses for a length of time, as we ask patients to refrain from wearing them for several weeks prior to surgery. This ensures corneal stability and accurate assessment of your prescription prior to the procedure. It’s a good idea to plan well after events such as weddings or vacations where you might want to wear contacts.

Like any surgery, you will need support at home and time off of work and other commitments to heal and care for yourself.

Many employers will soon be offering open enrollment for health insurance, which gives you a chance to set aside money in flexible spending accounts to cover health-related expenses. These accounts are helpful when you have a planned surgery.

Talk to us about a free consultation to first see if you are a good candidate for corrective vision surgery. This coming year might just be your time.


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