Am I a Candidate?

If you are seeking LASIK in New Mexico please read the information below:

Young woman smiling after LASIKEach individual person has extremely unique eyes. Not all people are candidates for the LASIK eye surgery procedure. No two cornea maps are the same just like with a DNA sample or fingerprint. This is why a pre-operative exam is absolutely necessary. Before LASIK is performed you will be required to undergo a series of diagnostic tests to determine the stability of your vision. After a thorough evaluation of your cornea, the doctors will be able to determine if you are a candidate. This thorough diagnostic evaluation is the first step in creating a positive outcome for your best possible visual outcome or personal best vision.

The doctors at Eye Associates of New Mexico will provide the pre-operative eye exam that will set you on a path for determining your LASIK candidacy. ALL refractive surgery or LASIK candidates will be required to undergo this exam. Many patients ask what is involved in this type of examination. Feel at ease that the LASIK pre-operative evaluation will not hurt. Below is a list of some items that are typically involved with the evaluation process.

  • The measurement of corneal thickness, including corneal topography
  • Complete review of overall eye health
  • The measurement of your prescription or refractive errors
  • Custom LASIK measurement for higher-order aberrations.
  • Dry eye test
  • Complete dilation to view the back of the eye or the retina
  • Glasses or contact lens history review
  • Measurement of pupil size

As part of your initial pre-operative LASIK evaluation, the doctors of Eye Associates of New Mexico will give you a thorough education of LASIK eye surgery. This will involve the history of refractive surgery, any risks, the procedure process itself, and the successes of this amazing eye surgery. If you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for LASIK eye surgery you might want to call us about the latest advancements. Depending on your unique visual situation you may now be a candidate for the surgery.


Your decision to have LASIK laser vision correction is a serious decision. Ultimately, you will be the one to make the final decision. When selecting a LASIK surgeon it is important to select a surgeon that can honestly explain your visual needs. In 98% of LASIK cases, the visual outcome is 20/40 or better, however, this is a surgical procedure and risk is still involved. This is why selecting a surgeon with a vast amount of experience is important. The ultimate goal of LASIK is to reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses. LASIK does not always create perfect 20/20 vision, though most cases are successful in improving vision. Ask the right questions before selecting your surgeon. Make sure that your surgeon of choice has the right answers, the best technology, and the experience under his belt to ensure a safe and effective procedure. It is possible that this is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. This is your eyes and your life.

Selecting a Surgeon: Questions to Ask?

  • How many laser vision correction procedures have you performed?
  • Are your practice and doctors credentialed with the American Academy of Ophthalmology?
  • What type of excimer laser do you use for LASIK eye surgery? Is this laser approved by the FDA and how does it compare to other excimer lasers?
  • How old is the excimer laser that you use in LASIK surgery?
  • Is the surgery painful? What can I expect after the LASIK surgery?
  • Do you have any LASIK references that I could talk to?