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Are You at The Ideal Age For Lasik?

Age marks plen­ty of mile­stones: dri­ving, vot­ing, work­ing and retir­ing. But there’s no set age for LASIK. Most providers won’t per­form LASIK on those under 18 because eyes tend to keep chang­ing into ear­ly adult­hood. But laser eye surgery has been per­formed on chil­dren with severe vision prob­lems. These are out­liers to most cas­es. The most com­mon age for LASIK, in fact, falls between the ages of 20 and 40.

LASIK eye surgery age require­ment  is FDA-approved for those 18 and old­er. Most providers encour­age young adults to wait until their mid-20s because, until this time, a person’s pre­scrip­tion may be still chang­ing. Hav­ing a sta­ble pre­scrip­tion for at least two years is often required as proof before any­one, young or old, is deemed a good LASIK can­di­date. Age cer­tain­ly influ­ences one’s LASIK can­di­da­cy, but it by no means draws an absolute bound­ary. If you are in good health, have a sta­ble pre­scrip­tion and are con­sid­er­ing LASIK, ask a laser vision cor­rec­tion provider to assess your can­di­da­cy.

LASIK for 18–24 year olds

Even though young peo­ple over age 18 legal­ly able to have LASIK surgery, between ages 18 and 24 our eye­sight con­tin­ues to change. There­fore, it is only after care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of their vision his­to­ry that an eye sur­geon will rec­om­mend LASIK surgery for peo­ple in this age group. The best can­di­dates for the pro­ce­dure will have had the same eye glass­es or con­tact lens pre­scrip­tion over sev­er­al years.

How­ev­er, there are some peo­ple who are con­sid­ered as ide­al can­di­dates at this age for LASIK eye surgery because of their pro­fes­sion. This includes peo­ple in law enforce­ment, the mil­i­tary, or pro­fes­sion­al ath­letes. Again, it is only after care­ful screen­ing that a qual­i­fied laser eye sur­geon will rec­om­mend peo­ple in this age group for LASIK.

LASIK for 25–40 year olds

Most eye sur­geons agree the ide­al lasik surgery age are peo­ple between 25–40 years old are the best can­di­dates for LASIK eye surgery. By age 25, our eyes should have stopped chang­ing. Hav­ing a sta­ble pre­scrip­tion for at least two years is a gen­er­al guide­line that some­one is a good LASIK can­di­date.

LASIK for 40–55 year olds

After age 40, our eyes begin to change again. At this age, even peo­ple who have enjoyed per­fect vision their entire lives begin to find them­selves need­ing “read­ing glass­es” to cor­rect their vision.

For­tu­nate­ly, peo­ple in this age range who are in good health may still be good can­di­dates for laser eye surgery. Non-smok­ers who have tak­en care of them­selves and have no his­to­ry of med­ical prob­lems may decide that, like their younger coun­ter­parts, the advan­tages out­weigh the cost of LASIK. Even patients who know they may still need read­ing glass­es may opt for the ben­e­fits of LASIK to free them­selves from glass­es or con­tacts dur­ing sports or phys­i­cal activ­i­ties.

Oth­er con­sid­er­a­tions in this age group include a fam­i­ly his­to­ry of corneal dis­or­ders, dia­betes and glau­co­ma. These dis­eases can lessen a person’s like­li­hood of being a good can­di­date for LASIK eye surgery.

LASIK for seniors

While there is no upper age lim­it that pre­vents senior from hav­ing LASIK surgery, many new fac­tors arise lat­er in life that may make them less than ide­al can­di­dates.

One of the most com­mon eye-relat­ed issues with the elder­ly is cataracts. A per­son who reach­es the age of 60 or even 70 with clear eyes can still be a good can­di­date for LASIK. How­ev­er, once cataracts begin to devel­op, they should be treat­ed sur­gi­cal­ly first.

Note that pre­vi­ous cataract surgery does not mean that a patient can­not lat­er under­go LASIK, LASEK or PRK if they have oth­er­wise healthy eyes.

Oth­er eye-relat­ed issue in the elder­ly is dry eyes, a fam­i­ly his­to­ry of corneal dis­or­ders, dia­betes and glau­co­ma, or drug side effects. Some med­ica­tions tak­en by old­er patients may also pose a prob­lem. You should let your eye sur­geon know about any med­ica­tions you are tak­ing dur­ing your con­sul­ta­tion.

LASIK may ben­e­fit you at any age

While LASIK eye surgery age influ­ences the chances for suc­cess, it is only one of many fac­tors. Good over­all phys­i­cal health, your fam­i­ly med­ical his­to­ry and a sta­ble pre­scrip­tion are just as impor­tant. How­ev­er, it is only after con­sult­ing with an expert eye sur­geon that you can dis­cov­er if LASIK is right for you.

 

 

December 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on Are You at The Ideal Age For Lasik?

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