When can you get LASIK?

Hi, it’s Matt Russell from VSON Laser Vision Specialists. Are you wondering when you can get LASIK?

As long as you are a suitable candidate, you can get LASIK whenever it suits you. There is no set age for LASIK eye surgery. However, most LASIK eye surgeons will not perform the procedure on those under 18 as vision often changes into early adulthood.

Generally speaking, most LASIK eye surgeons agree on 25-40 as the ideal age range for LASIK eye surgery candidacy for a few reasons. By the age of 25, glasses and contact lens prescriptions have usually stabilized. A stable prescription is one of the hallmarks of a good LASIK candidate. Before the age of 25, your prescription may still be changing.

After the age of 40, most people begin to develop presbyopia, which requires reading glasses. As long as you’re a non-smoker, in good health with no history of medical problems, this shouldn’t affect your eligibility for LASIK. A family history of corneal disorders, glaucoma, and diabetes are also considerations for this age group.

There is no upper limit preventing seniors from having LASIK eye surgery. Still, it would be best to consider many factors before approving a senior adult as a candidate. For example, cataracts, an eye condition most often affecting seniors, is one reason for someone in this age group to be considered ineligible. If you have reached the age of 60 with clear eyesight, we may still consider you a good candidate. However, if cataracts have developed, it becomes the priority for surgical treatment. Still, it does not exclude a patient from future LASIK or other refractive lens surgeries. It would help to let your eye surgeon know about any medications you are taking during your consultation.

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With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

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