. Certain complications are unavoidable in a percentage of patients, and there are no long-term data available for current procedures.
It will jeopardize your career. Some jobs prohibit certain refractive procedures. Be sure to check with your employer/professional society/military service before undergoing any procedure.
Cost is an issue. Most medical insurance will not pay for refractive surgery. Although the cost is coming down, it is still significant.
You required a change in your contact lens or glasses prescription in the past year. This is called refractive instability. Patients who are:
The safety and effectiveness of refractive procedures has not been determined in patients with some diseases. Do NOT have LASIK surgery if you have a history of any of the following:
Other Risk Factors
Your doctor should screen you for the following conditions or indicators of risk: