The Fundamental LASIK Criteria: Are You Eligible?

What’s keeping you from getting LASIK eye surgery in Utah? If you’re worried that you might not meet the criteria to qualify for LASIK, chances are that you will qualify. In fact, most common vision problems can and do qualify for LASIK eye surgery. 

But, truth be told, LASIK eye surgery in Utah isn’t for everyone. There are certain conditions (eye conditions and otherwise) that may prevent you from receiving LASIK. At Davis Vision Center, we want to make sure our patients receive the best care with the lowest possible risk. If you are concerned that you might not qualify for LASIK eye surgery in Utah, look over this list to see what does qualify you for LASIK and what might keep you from getting LASIK.

Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism

First, let’s look at the conditions that LASIK eye surgery can fix. Again, most common vision problems can be fixed by LASIK, but not all of them can be fixed with LASIK. The three main eye conditions that can be corrected by LASIK eye surgery in Utah are myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

A set of three criteria apply to all of these conditions. First, your vision has to fall within a certain correction range. This range is measured in a unit called diopters (this is the unit used to measure your eye prescription). The diopter range varies for each condition.  

Myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, requires your eyesight to be within the range of -0.75 to -14.00. Hyperopia and astigmatism each have smaller ranges, so qualifying for LASIK eye surgery may be harder, but you still have a good chance of qualifying with these conditions. The range for hyperopia (farsightedness) is +0.75 to +5.00, and astigmatism’s range is +/- 0.75 to +/- 5.00. 

The second item of criteria for LASIK to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism is that your prescription must not have changed much in at least the last two years. So, if you’ve stayed on the same contact prescription for the last five years, you should easily qualify.

The third requirement for LASIK eye surgery in Utah is that your cornea must be thick enough to perform the surgery. If you have a thin cornea before the surgery, you may not qualify for LASIK because your cornea will get thinner during the surgery. Cornea thickness might not seem like a big deal, but if it is too thin, your eye may have problems following the surgery.

If you have myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism, there’s a good chance that you will qualify for LASIK. We can’t guarantee that these conditions will always qualify, but if you have one of these vision problems, schedule a visit with us at Davis Vision Center to check whether you qualify. 

Now let’s take a look at the things that might keep you from qualifying for LASIK eye surgery. 


Presbyopia is a vision problem that most people experience as they get older. It happens when the tissue in your eye begins to lose elasticity. In other words, your eyes can’t respond like they used to. 

So when you find yourself moving your phone really close to your eyes or holding your phone as far away as you can reach in an attempt to read what’s on the screen, you’re experiencing presbyopia. 

Because presbyopia isn’t caused by the wrong shape of your eye, LASIK eye surgery in Utah can’t do much for it. Reshaping the cornea wouldn’t help your eye regain elasticity, so LASIK doesn’t really help.

There is a similar surgery to LASIK that can be done for presbyopia. This surgery changes one eye to see nearsighted and the other to see farsighted. The idea is that your eyes will register what is clear so you can see up close and far away without glasses. 

However, your best option might be to wear reading glasses when needed instead. 

Something you should know before getting LASIK eye surgery is that LASIK does not prevent presbyopia. So chances are you will need reading glasses whether you get LASIK or not, but with LASIK you won’t need glasses all of the time. Just when you’re trying to read a too-small font.

At-risk Conditions

There are some other medical conditions that could keep you from qualifying for LASIK, and a lot of them have nothing to do with your eyesight. Many of these conditions are considered risky for surgery or could mean mixing dangerous medications if the surgery is performed. So, to be on the safe side, the following conditions include:


  • Pregnancy and Nursing - Pregnancy is considered a risk for the baby more so than the mother. However, once the baby is born and weaned, you may be able to qualify for LASIK eye surgery.
  • Severe heart problems - Heart problems are especially risky if you wear a pacemaker.
  • Systemic and eye diseases - Certain of these diseases can be risky, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vascular disease, diabetes, or cataracts (this is not a complete list).
  • Taking Certain Medications - Acutane and Imitrex, in particular, can be risky, but other medications can be as well.

If you are worried that a medical condition could keep you from qualifying for LASIK eye surgery in Utah, contact our office or set up an appointment with our doctor to see if you can qualify or not. However, if your illness is not listed here, chances are good that you can still qualify (a systemic or eye disease, even if not listed here, may not qualify).

Your Pre-op Visit

The best thing you can do, if you aren’t sure if you qualify for LASIK eye surgery in Utah or not, is to contact Davis Vision Center in South Jordan to set up an appointment for a pre-op appointment so you can meet with Dr. Davis to see if you can qualify.

Dr. Davis has performed over 40,000 Utah LASIK procedures and similar eye surgeries. In other words, Dr. Davis knows what he’s doing, so you can be sure you’re receiving the best care in Utah. During your pre-op, Dr. Davis will assess your vision problems, eye prescription, corneal thickness, and medical history to see if you qualify for LASIK.

We look forward to seeing you in our office! Call us today at (801) 253-3080 to set up your appointment so you can finally stop wondering if LASIK eye surgery is right for you.