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Am I a candidate?

Michael Gargani -- aka Joey Vitale of Tony-n-Tina's Wedding

"Feels great to see the audience face to face without wearing awkward or uncomfortable contacts."

If you are considering LASIK or Laser Vision Correction, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have healthy eyes which are free from eye abnormality (for example: scar, infection, etc.).
  • Be nearsighted or farsighted.
  • Be informed of LASIK risks and benefits as compared to other available treatments for nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia).

Contraindications

You should not have refractive surgery if:

  • You have collagen vascular, autoimmune or immunodeficiency diseases (for example, lupus).
  • You are pregnant or nursing.
  • You show signs of keratoconus (corneal disease).
  • You are taking one or more of the following medications: Accutane (isotretinoin) Cordarone (amiodarone hydrochloride).

Warnings

Discuss with your doctor if:

  • Your nearsightedness is changing.
  • You are diabetic or have severe allergies.
  • You have had Herpes simplex or Herpes zoster.
  • You have a medical condition you are uncertain about.

Precautions

The safety and effectiveness of the Excimer Laser System has NOT been established in:

  • Eyes with disease or corneal abnormality (for example, scar, infection, etc.).
  • Eyes with previous surgery or injury to the center of the cornea where LASIK will be performed.
  • Eyes with abnormal blood vessels within 1.0 mm of the center of the cornea area where LASIK will be performed.
  • Patients under 18 years of age or patients with an unstable refraction.
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