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Why might I be excluded from having laser eye surgery?

Not everyone who may want laser eye surgery, will be able to have the procedure, at least in the UK. There are a number of factors that should discourage, or even exclude, you from having such treatment.

In terms of actual exclusions, you will not be able to have laser eyesight treatment if you are less than eighteen years of age, if you are pregnancy or breastfeeding, or if you have a serious eye condition. Medical conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, will also exclude you from receiving treatment in the UK.

You should also think carefully about laser eye surgery if you are involved in any physical sports where blows to the face and eyes are a common occurrence. Similarly, although you can have treatment if you are over eighteen, those in their early twenties should consider delaying the procedure under they are somewhat older.

Laser eye surgery is a relatively safe procedure but complications and side effects can arise. In some cases, eyesight deterioration or visual complaints can occur. If your job or lifestyle depends heavily on your eyesight, you must think very carefully if laser surgery is worth the risk.

At the top of the page, you may recall how such exclusions only apply in the UK. Each country will have it's own criteria, and many will be less strict than those in the UK. But remember, although ignoring or bypassing medical guidance may get you what you want, it puts you at risk of developing side effects, some of which can be very serious.

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