What is the laser eye surgery age limit?
Hi, it’s Dr. Chotiner from Memorial Eye Institute. Many people wonder… “What is the laser eye surgery age limit? In this video, I’ll give you a few ideas on how to find out if you fit within the right age range.
Advances in laser eye surgery technology mean that the majority of people are eligible. That said, when it comes to the age limits, there are a few factors to consider:
- You must be old enough. Certain procedures require you to be 18 years old; others, 21. Patients younger than these ages can be treated as an exception at the discretion of the LASIK surgeon with permission from the patient’s parent(s) or guardian.
- Generally, there is no upper age limit to laser eye surgery. However, it is important to note that once you hit your 40s, you may still need reading glasses to correct near vision due to a normal, age-related condition called presbyopia. We can, however, treat that condition with other treatments – either lens or laser-based.
- Your vision must be stable. Teenagers and many young adults often experience changes in their contact lens prescription and eyeglass prescription from year to year. It’s important for refractive errors to be stable for at least 12 months before undergoing LASIK or other refractive surgery.
To learn more about age limits for laser eye surgery, please book online for a free virtual vision assessment on our website today.
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