People considering undergoing laser eye surgery have been warned that the procedure is not something to be taken lightly, and requires thorough research and understanding before going ahead with it.
The Fulham Chronicle noted that anyone considering laser eye surgery should first consult their doctor or GP to determine their suitability for the operation, as the medical practitioner will be able to give them expert advice.
This does not only concern suitability, but can also help to identify any underlying health problems or other issues that people may have.
One thing people need to be aware of is that laser eye surgery is rarely, if ever, carried out on anyone younger than 18, as the prescription for younger eyes only generally settles when people reach 21, the source noted.
Although there are exceptions to this rule, a reputable eye surgery clinic will usually only treat a younger patient on the basis of medical necessity, the newspaper said.
It added: "Ultimately, the treating doctor will make a final assessment on your suitability for laser eye surgery, and a majority of people will be suitable.
"The procedure offers freedom from wearing glasses and contact lenses, and gives you the freedom of enjoying perfect vision in day-to-day life."
There are some other exceptions when it comes to suitability, with diabetes being one condition that may prevent people from having laser eye surgery, though if the conditions are well managed and have not led to any other eye problems, people may be eligible.
However, people with conditions such as pupil irregularity, healed corneal ulcers and repaired retinal detachment are generally eligible for the treatment, the source explained.
"As a rule of thumb, if you are able to wear contact lenses, you should be able to meet the criteria for this procedure," it concluded.