One of the most common question we receive is “am I too old/young for LASIK?” While there’s no standard minimum or maximum on the procedure, we’re here to discuss the right age for LASIK.
Am I Too Old For LASIK?
There’s an old adage that “age ain’t nothin’ but a number.” However, medically speaking, it can make some difference. However, you may not be “too old” for LASIK. While there is not a maximum age for the procedure, each patient should be assessed individually to determine eligibility. This is all taken care of during your complimentary consultation with EyeLASIK
Am I Too Young For LASIK?
Do you know the “right” age for LASIK?
If you’ve watch your child struggle with poor vision, you know how difficult this can be. Needing to wear corrective lenses, whether glasses or contacts, can be a hassle during school, in sports, or in social settings. The added responsibility of maintaining contacts or keeping up glasses can be especially cumbersome for children and young adults. However, LASIK is not typically recommended for people 18 years and younger. Like height and shoe size, the eyes still need to mature and stabilize before the procedure can be considered a success. We evaluate each person individually to determine eligibility.
What Is The Right Age For LASIK?
To qualify for the LASIK procedure, your vision must be stable for a defined period of time and you must have good eye health. People with cataracts or eye disease may not qualify as candidates for LASIK. Also, if you are wearing reading glasses now, the likelihood is that you will continue to need them. However, each patient is evaluated individually and is specifically assessed to provide the “right” LASIK age.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure and the qualifying criteria that helps determine its success. You can set up your free consultation by filling out this form.
Make Time For LASIK!
As we’ve previously discussed, you should expect to schedule some time for recovery time after your LASIK procedure, but you may be wondering…when is the right time for LASIK? Today, we’re going to share our thoughts on the optimal time to set up your procedure!
Talk With Your Surgeon Beforehand
If you’re a runner and you know you have a marathon coming up, your doctor might recommend scheduling your procedure until after you’ve completed your race. The surgical team at Eye LASIK can work around your schedule and we know that there are certain activities that are important to you. However, we also want to ensure that your eyes are properly healed before fully releasing you. During your consultation, discuss any upcoming plans with your surgeon. Your doctor will be able to help you assess the best time to complete your procedure.
Weather Is Definitely A Factor
After corrective surgery, your eyes will be more sensitive than usual and you will need to take additional measures to protect them. Wind, sun, and dust are all factors to consider before your procedure. Since you’re in West Texas, you already know that we often have windy conditions during the spring. In order to protect your eyes from environmental factors like wind, we recommend using sunglasses with UV protection any time you go outside for at least the first week or two after your procedure.
Plan Your Activities Accordingly
Are you a big fan of swimming? Enjoy riding dirt bikes? What about hiking? These are all great ways to exercise and Eye LASIK couldn’t encourage you more to get your heart rate up. However, for a few weeks after your procedure, be sure to limit time spent around water or dust to prevent any odd particles from settling in your eyes. They will still be healing and this is to prevent any sort of infection.
We hope we’ve been able to help answer some questions on when the right time for LASIK is for you. Don’t forget, we offer complimentary consultations to assess your candidacy for the procedure! Jot us down in your planner today!
If you’re considering LASIK, you may wonder if you are too young/old. While the minimum age for LASIK is 21, you may have some concerns having LASIK at a later age.
Is There A Perfect Age For LASIK?
The easy answer to the question “is there a perfect age for LASIK?” is no. A patient can have laser vision correction surgery at any age and do well provided the eyes are healthy. The main consideration for LASIK surgery is a prescription that has been stable for at least one year.
What is the perfect LASIK age?
This is why the FDA recommends that patients be at least 18 years or older before undergoing the procedure. The growth experienced during adolescence causes constant changes, which includes the eyes. However, there are some teenagers who are good candidates for LASIK because their prescription has been stable for a year or two.
LASIK, like plastic surgery, has become more popular with people of the baby boomer generation. Many patients over the age of 50 are now considering laser vision correction surgery because they are very active and enjoy activities such as tennis or boating where freedom from glasses for distance would be beneficial.
There is no reason a patient over 50 can’t have LASIK surgery provided they do not have any signs of diseases such as corneal thinning or cataracts which could cause problems during or after the procedure. A family history of glaucoma or other eye disease also needs to be carefully considered before the patient undergoes treatment. Likewise, the patient needs to be healthy systemically, meaning they should not have conditions such as diabetes that can cause changes in the vision on a day-to-day basis. The patient’s current medications should also be taken into consideration.
Patients over 50 also need to be aware that they will most likely need reading glasses after a LASIK procedure. However, there is the option of being treated with what is termed monovision laser vision correction surgery. With monovision, one eye is corrected for distance and the other is corrected for reading up close.
When considering laser vision correction surgery, it’s imperative to consult with a surgeon prior to making a decision. Ultimately, it’s up to the ophthalmologist performing the procedure to decide whether or not the patient is a good candidate for surgery, regardless of age. Request your FREE consultation with us!
What is your number one concern when it comes to laser vision correction?
Some say cost, others say the risk involved. But one primary concern that we’re choosing to discuss today is the concern of surgeon experience. You should be able to fully trust the person/people who is/are performing your surgery, as well as your pre and post operation work. Especially with something as delicate and important as your eyes! Let us tell you about our new approach to laser vision correction and how it benefits you.
At Eye LASIK Midland, our approach to laser vision correction is unlike any other. We allow our patients to work with the primary eye doctor they’ve known for years, meaning the patient’s own optometrist performs all the work before and after their laser vision correction surgery. Not only this, but the patient’s optometrist is able to refer the patient to one of the highly experienced surgeons at our facility. Our approach ensures the patient receives premium care from all the doctors they know and trust.
To find out if your doctor is one of the participating optometrists at Eye LASIK Midland, click here.
The Best Visual Outcome
We are fully confident in the skill levels of our highly experienced surgeons. In fact, more eye doctors choose Eye LASIK Midland for their own, their family member’s and their patient’s surgery than any other Midland LASIK center. Our surgeons boast an outstanding record of consistent safety, quality, and results. We strive to help you achieve the best visual outcome to show you WHY Eye LASIK Midland is the best decision for your vision.
If you’re ready to begin your path to clear vision, now is the time. Request a free consultation with us and see the Eye LASIK Midland difference! We’ll qualify you and answer any questions you may have.
If you have far-sightedness (long-sightedness) or near-sightedness (short-sightedness), you may have heard the terms myopia and hyperopia. Both are common conditions that require glasses or contacts. You’ve probably struggled most of your life with glasses or contacts and may have even considered LASIK. With myopia or hyperopia, can you still qualify for LASIK? Find out more about the effect of myopia and hyperopia on your vision and your LASIK options!
Myopia is used to define short-sightedness. This means, objects close up are clear, but distant objects appear blurry. This is because light from a distant object forms an image before it reaches the myopic person’s retina. A concave contact lens is required to move the image back to the retina, clarifying the object.
Hyperopia is used to define long-sightedness. In contrast to myopia, this means a nearby object is blurry, while a distant object is clear. This is because the image of the nearby object is formed behind the retina. A convex contact lens is necessary to move the image forward and focuses correctly on the retina.
Your LASIK Options
If you have Myopia or Hyperopia, we have good news! The struggle with glasses and contacts is over. There is a LASIK procedure available for you! Offering, LASIK, Epi-LASEK, PRK, CustomVue and Premium laser treatments, we are determined to find which one is best for you, based on your individual needs. If you’re ready to meet and discuss your options, so are we! Request a FREE consultation HERE. We’ll discuss not only your individualized LASIK approach, but your financing options as well. We don’t want anyone to be denied clear vision due to financial obstacles, so we offer affordable payment plans and interest free financing! Looking for more information on LASIK? Take a look at the rest of our blog section!
More than 94 percent of the population in the U.S. and over 99 percent outside the U.S. are potentially eligible to benefit from laser vision correction surgery. When it comes to correcting your vision with laser surgery, you have options, depending on your condition and needs. Learn more about your laser surgery options and what is right for you in our blog, Different Types of Laser Eye Surgery. Let’s look into CustomVue and if it’s what YOU need to correct your vision!
CustomVue LASIK may be used to correct, or partly correct, farsightedness (hyperopia) with or without astigmatism. CustomVue may be best for you if you fit under one of the following categories:
- Myopia — up to 11.0 diopters of correction, with or without astigmatism up to -3 diopters
- Hyperopia — up to 3 diopters of correction with or without astigmatism up to +2 Diopters
- Mixed astigmatism up to 5 diopters
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The Advanced CustomVue procedure has the broadest range of wavefront-guided approvals, with an unprecedented level of precision and accuracy. The procedure leverages Iris Registration, Fourier algorithms, VSS™ and VRR™ technologies, and 3D ActiveTrak™ to ensure precise ablation.
Eye LASIK Midland
At Eye LASIK Midland, we offer the AMO WaveScan Wavefront System. This system leads the industry for outstanding wavefront acquisition and diagnostic capabilities. Fast and powerful, the WaveScan System delivers unprecedented measurement accuracy, enhancing the precision of the Advanced CustomVue procedure. Just like that, your vision…better!
Find out WHY you should choose Eye LASIK Midland and let us help you choose what type of laser correction surgery is best for you! We offer INTEREST FREE financing as well as affordable payment plans to ensure that financial obstacles do not prevent you from enjoying clear vision!
Ready to find out if CustomeVue is right for you? Request a FREE consultation here!