What is the ideal age for LASIK surgery?

People of all ages experience vision problems at some point. Laser-assisted in situ corneal resection or LASIK surgery is the third most popular surgery in the world after tooth extraction and cataract surgery. It’s because of its safety, effectiveness, reliability of results, and cost-effectiveness.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 95% of people who receive LASIK can see without glasses or contact lenses. 90% of them can achieve 20/20 vision. This means that you can see clearly from a distance of 20 feet, and 99% of people have a visual acuity of 20/40 or better.

What is LASIK surgery?

Laser-assisted insitu keratomileusis or LASIK is a vision correction surgery that uses laser technology to treat problems such as:

  • Myopia Or myopia: You can see things near you clearly, but when you look at things far away, your vision is blurred.
  • Hyperopia Or hyperopia: It is a condition in which your eyesight is sharp enough to see things from a distance, but is hazy for nearby objects.
  • astigmatism: This problem causes blurred vision due to defects in the shape of the cornea.

In the procedure, the doctor flattens the eyes and cuts the flaps to reshape the central part of the cornea. Tissue reformation changes the way light concentrates on the retina, resulting in a clearer view. However, it can take up to 6 months for the eyes to reach maximum transparency.

What is the best age for LASIK?

To be a good candidate for LASIK, you need to ensure good health without eye disease or a clear medical history. Age is one of the main factors influencing LASIK eye surgery candidates.

  1. Children and teens: under 18 years old

The eyes and their eyesight continue to grow and change until they are at least 18 years old. Experts recommend that vision correction surgery should not be performed until this age. The benefits of surgery are temporary, and after a while the patient will have to return to wearing prescription eyeglasses.

  1. Adulthood: 18-40 years old

Although the FDA approves LASIK surgery for patients over the age of 18. However, our vision generally fluctuates and changes until the age of 23 or 24, so it’s best to wait a few more years. By the age of 26 or 27, eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions are most likely to be stable. A stable prescription is one of the hallmarks of a good LASIK candidate. Ophthalmologists prefer to perform surgery only when their eyesight is stable, as they guarantee almost 20 years or more without relying on eyeglasses or contact lenses.

However, the military, police and professional athletes need special attention.

  1. Middle-aged: 40-60 years old

The patient’s eyes begin to change again around the 40s. As presbyopia begins to appear, you are more likely to need reading glasses at this point. If you are healthy and have no medical history of medical problems, you may be considered an ideal candidate for LASIK surgery after proper eye examination and consultation with your doctor. For this age group; family history of corneal disorders, glaucoma, and diabetes is also considered.

Alternatively, doctors sometimes advise patients to obtain monovision. Although it is not the perfect solution for presbyopia. In monovision, one eye is set to distant focus and the other eye is set to focus on nearby objects. Monovision has an 85% chance of being very successful.After monovision, you can read the menu without contact lenses or glasses, and it is realistic to watch TV or drive legally.

  1. Old age: 60 years old and over

There is no upper limit to prevent older people from undergoing LASIK eye surgery, but many factors need to be taken into account before they are recognized as good ideal candidates.

Cataracts are a common eye disease that affects the elderly and is one of the reasons patients are considered ineligible for LASIK surgery. In this case, the doctor recommends cataract surgery. However, this does not preclude patients from undergoing LASIK or other refractive eye surgery in the future. Patients should also understand that it is natural and unavoidable that vision becomes hazy, blurred vision, and cloudy as vision develops with age, and LASIK surgery cannot prevent this.

Apart from this, if the patient does not have an existing condition such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration and is healthy, LASIK surgery can be safely performed. However, patients should notify the surgeon in advance of the medications they are taking to avoid risks and complications during or after surgery.

With the development and progress of the technology and healthcare industry, and new changes in performing LASIK surgery, LASIK age standards are more relaxed as of today.

The success of LASIK eye surgery depends on a comprehensive eye examination and a doctor’s consultation. Don’t let your age stop you from seeking consultation from an ophthalmologist.

Book your appointment today Pristine care.. At Pristine Care, our trained and experienced ophthalmologists can guide you and help you decide if LASIK surgery is the best option for you.

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