Who Is the Perfect Laser Eye Surgery Candidate?

If you’re tired of fumbling for your glasses or forgetting to take your contact lenses out before bedtime, laser eye surgery is an effective operation to cure your vision problems.

Before you scramble for an appointment, it’s important to understand if you’re the ideal candidate for laser eye surgery.

To enjoy 20/20 vision without complications, find out if you meet the criteria for the perfect laser eye surgery patient.

Common Vision Problems

If you suffer from the most common vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism, chances are you’re a viable candidate for laser eye surgery.

Most potential patients with a prescription that falls under these ranges are eligible:

  • Astigmatism with a prescription between +/-0.75 and +/-6.00.
  • Myopia (nearsightedness) with a prescription between -0.75 and -12.00.
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness) with a prescription between +0.75 and +4.00.

Some candidates that fall outside of these ranges may still be a laser eye surgery candidate by undergoing a comprehensive exam.

Dr. Alexandra Chebil, has performed over 50,000 surgeries in her private Orange County laser vision correction practice. She is both experienced and sought after by other professionals in the industry to assist with the most complicated cases.

Her involvement with each patient from the day they step foot into the practice, allows her to meticulously diagnose whether they qualify and she follows up with each patient long after their treatment is done. This is a rare benefit to find in large practices with multiple providers.

A Perfect Laser Eye Surgery Candidate Includes:


Depending on the type of laser eye surgery, candidates must be at least 18 years of age, and in some cases, 21 years of age to have the procedure performed.

While doctors haven’t set an upper age limit on laser vision surgery, most patients 40 or older may still have to wear reading glasses due to age-related presbyopia.

Presbyopia is a type of farsightedness caused by a loss of elasticity in the lens of the eye, which generally happens due to a number of natural and genetic causes. While laser vision correction cannot fix this problem, it’s still effective at treating other eye conditions listed above, regardless of age.

Stable Vision and Healthy Eyes

Stable vision and healthy eyes are two of the most important aspects considered when deciding if you’re the ideal laser eye surgery candidate. If you’ve had a steady prescription for between one and three years, you’re far more likely to be a prospect for laser vision correction.

Temporary and permanent eye injuries and conditions can prevent you — either temporarily or permanently — from being a laser eye surgery candidate.

Pink eye, chronic dry eyes, and eye infections can delay your surgery, but once resolved, you should be able to undergo surgery. If you have a severe eye injury, cataracts, or glaucoma, you’re ineligible for laser eye surgery.


Benefits of Laser Vision Correction

Patients of LASIK or PRK receive a plethora of benefits as a result of the procedure. You no longer have to worry about finding your glasses or putting in and removing your contact lenses. It’s also a pain-free operation that requires no bandages or stitches. After one to three days, you’ll have the vision you’ve always wanted.

If you’ve met all the criteria to become the perfect laser vision correction candidate, the next step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexandra Chebil, our Orange County Ophthalmologist in Newport Beach.

She will guide you through every step in the process. Even financing can be discussed which offers flexible payment options as low as $49/month, making lasik affordable. After a quick, 20-minute surgery, you’ll have the vision you’ve always wanted without all the hassle.