What is the best LASIK eye surgery age?
LASIK eye surgery has grown more and more popular among adults with refractive errors, like nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. The surgery has proven to be beneficial for adults of all ages — but which age is best LASIK eye surgery age?
LASIK eye surgery age considerations
The minimum age for this procedure is 18 years old. But in many cases, the best laser eye surgery age comes later in life, once your vision has stabilized. Here’s why waiting till you’re a bit older is often the better choice for laser eye surgery procedures:
Age 18 to 25
Between ages 18 and 25, people still tend to experience regular changes to their vision, particularly prescription changes. Refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism) should be stable before undergoing vision correction surgery so vision does not worsen after surgery takes place.
In other words, your doctor is more likely to recommend LASIK eye surgery if you have not had a change in your glasses or contact lens prescription for a few to several years.
Age 25 to 40
Individuals between 25 and 40 years old are considered to be at an optimal laser eye surgery age. Vision prescriptions typically stabilize after age 25, making this procedure the most popular with this age group.
Eye doctors and surgeons generally require at least one or two years of a stable prescription (less than +/-0.50 diopter change) before proceeding with laser eye surgery, so it’s best to have regular eye exams if you’re considering vision surgery.
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Age 40 to 55
Around age 40, vision starts to change again due to presbyopia, or age-related farsightedness — which could have you shopping for a pair of reading glasses. This doesn’t mean that the individuals who are 40 to 55 are not good candidates for laser eye surgery; there are just more factors to consider before the procedure.
Specific health and eye conditions for patients considering laser eye surgery after 40 include:
Medication can also play a role in your eye health, so be sure to let your doctor know if you are taking any medications or supplements at the time of your eye surgery consultation.
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Is there a laser eye surgery age limit? Generally, LASIK eye surgery can be considered for seniors, as long as the candidate is in good health. However, there are many factors that arise later in life that can interfere with eligibility for this procedure.
Cataracts, for example, often affect the senior age group. Most cataracts also worsen over time, so once they are detected, cataract extraction surgery may become the priority. This doesn’t mean a future laser eye surgery must be ruled out though.
While age is a contributing factor to laser eye surgery candidacy, it is not the only one to be concerned with. Personal eye health and family medical history also play a role in the process.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate is by having a comprehensive eye exam and a LASIK eye surgery consultation.
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Page published in June 2020
Page updated in July 2021