Does Age Matter With LASIK?

Woman in her 40s Struggling to Read with Glasses

Have you been thinking about getting LASIK eye surgery? Are you tired of wearing glasses or contacts?

Deciding to get LASIK eye surgery is life-changing. As long as you meet the criteria for the procedure, you should be able to have it.

There is no “right” age or age limit on getting LASIK eye surgery. Keep reading to learn more about LASIK!

Who Can Get LASIK?

According to the FDA, LASIK is only approved for adults 18 years old and up. The majority of eye doctors want young adults to wait until their mid-twenties.

This is because their prescription could still be changing. For all patients, they must have a stable prescription for at least a year before LASIK.

While someone is in their mid-twenties, they are still developing and growing. This usually means that they are typically growing their savings.

They might be starting to travel for work and fun. They may also start becoming frustrating from having to wear contacts or glasses. This is why people usually decide to get LASIK during this time-frame.

Can I Be Too Old For LASIK?

Beginning around age 40, your eyes begin changing again. Around this age, people begin to need reading glasses.

This happens because of a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia is not something that can be fixed by LASIK eye surgery.

But, some people with this diagnosis decide to have monovision. Monovision is a different type of laser eye surgery. Monovision fixes one eye for near vision and the other is corrected for distance vision.

Also, as individuals reach the age of 60, their vision begins changing again. At this age, this is when you start having a higher risk of developing cataracts.

Yet, some adults reach 70 or 80 years old and do not have cataracts and have healthy eyes. If your vision causes are from cataracts, you’d be better off getting cataract surgery.

Even though they seem like they are outside the typical range for LASIK, they can still get LASIK. It is possible for a 70-year-old with healthy eyes to be a better LASIK candidate than a 25-year-old with dry eye.

What Other Factors Matter When Getting LASIK?

Even though age can impact a patient’s ability to be a candidate for LASIK, it is not the only factor. If you are healthy and have a stable prescription, you have met several requirements.

If you’re interested in LASIK, your next step is a LASIK consultation.

It is important to remember that being healthy does not mean that you need to be in perfect health. Not all current or potential health issues affect your eyes.

Talking to your eye doctor during a LASIK consultation is the best way to figure out if LASIK is right for you.

Ready to find out if you could be a candidate for LASIK? Schedule a LASIK consultation at SightMD in Long Island, NY today! What do you have to lose except glasses and contacts? You’ll never regret finding out whether you qualify for LASIK and its life-changing opportunities for your vision!

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