What is the best age to get LASIK?

August 05, 2016

Deciding to get LASIK surgery is a personal choice. There are many to help you determine Is Lasik Right For You? For example, there are some general guidelines that may help you identify the ideal time to get LASIK. Although there are exceptions, most doctors recommend getting the LASIK procedure between the ages of 25-40 years old. Below is some additional information about LASIK at every age.

Before 18 years

LASIK is FDA-approved for adults ages 18 and up. Additionally, most doctors won’t perform LASIK on anyone under 18 years of age for several reasons. First, eyesight changes well into early adulthood. Most providers won’t perform LASIK on those under 18 because eyes tend to keep changing into early adulthood. Second, most children don’t need the benefits of LASIK surgery to function.

Mid-twenties

LASIK doctors require your vision to stabilize before the procedure. They will review records of previous eye exams to see that your prescription has not significantly changed in the past year. Many also recommend waiting for your prescription to stay the same for two years.

Although LASIK is approved for individuals between the ages of 18 to 24 many doctors report that these younger patients have specific lifestyle or job requirements that are hampered by contact lenses. For example, someone who wants to be a military pilot or join law enforcement may be interested in getting LASIK surgery at a young age. Sometimes, these individuals need small ongoing corrections to their vision throughout their twenties.

Thirties to Forties

The most popular time to get LASIK surgery is between 35 to 40 years old. At this time, patients vision is most stable and they are more likely to afford the treatment. Many doctors find that these patients prefer more years of active lifestyle with reduced dependency on eyeglasses and contact lenses. So, the average age of LASIK patients lowers each year. People are starting to think of the surgery as an investment, saving both their vision and the cost of glasses or contact lenses.

Fifties and Beyond

A patient’s eyes will start to change again around the age of 40. During this time many patients develop presbyopia, which causes patients to require reading glasses. Although doctors conduct the LASIK procedure on older patients, many of these patients choose to have monovision.  This is something your surgeon can simulate for you in a LASIK evaluation.

Many of these patients find that LASIK greatly benefits them which is why the surgery is trending among older patients. Many in this age group life very healthy lifestyles as non-smokers with healthy diets, and consistent exercise. These healthy, active people don’t want to be hindered by glasses while they enjoy life.

While age is a factor that can affect LASIK candidacy, it is only one aspect of eligibility. Only a personal evaluation can definitely determine whether you are a LASIK candidate. If you’re interested in the procedure, please set up your evaluation with Dr. Bowers to find out if LASIK is right for you.

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