People can experience impaired eyesight at any age, but when is it right to undergo LASIK eye surgery?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology observed that over 90% of people who have LASIK vision correction surgery could see without contact lenses or glasses.
However, you are required to meet a few qualifications before being considered for LASIK. These include being in good health and having a record of a stable prescription for your eyes for a year. Specialists also prefer that you be free of eye diseases when considering LASIK.
But the big question remains: What are the age qualifications for this operation?
According to the FDA, LASIK surgery can be performed on patients who are 18 years and above. At 18 years, your eyes are deemed ocularly mature. That’s why it’s necessary to evaluate your eyes before conducting LASIK.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends having LASIK at 21 years and above. This is when your major eye changes are complete. Most LASIK eye specialists prefer performing surgery on patients in their mid-twenties up to their forties. By this age, their prescription is already stabilized.
Presbyopia starts developing in the forties, making it difficult to see objects up close. Even if you undergo refractive surgery, you may still need glasses. A monovision treatment may be needed before considering LASIK.
Considerations for this age include being in good health, being a non-smoker, and having no history of glaucoma, diabetes, or corneal disorders.
During your fifties, you may already show signs of advanced presbyopia. With monovision, the vision in your dominant eye is corrected for distance vision, while your other eye is intentionally left somewhat nearsighted to allow you to see close objects. Both eyes still work together, allowing you to see clearly at any distance.
There's no age limit for LASIK, though. But older patients need to double-check if their eye problems are caused by cataracts or other diseases. If you have cataracts, you'll have to undergo surgical treatment first.
Overall, your stability, measurements, and medical and ocular history determine your eligibility for LASIK surgery. Discuss your health condition, risks, and benefits with your eye doctor to determine the best procedure for your eyes.