What’s the Right Age for LASIK?

July 12, 2017

Think you’re too young or too old for LASIK eye surgery? Think again!

Getting an Early Start

With few exceptions, LASIK does not discriminate by age among adult candidates. The FDA approves the procedure for ages 18 and above, and many providers elect to wait for their patients to reach their mid-20s, when their prescription has been stable for a couple of years. After that, however, the eye’s the limit!

It’s Not Too Late!

Most candidates for LASIK do fall within the 20-40 range, but with the right preparation and facts, you can receive the surgery well into your golden years. In fact, patients in their 70s and 80s who don’t suffer from cataracts, diabetes, or other eye illnesses can enjoy the improved vision and freedom that LASIK provides.

What about Those Reading Glasses?

Perhaps you have discovered the joy of reaching 40 or so. . .and having to bring that book right up to your nose. While LASIK can’t cure or prevent presbyopia–the farsightedness that develops in middle age–it can still offer you options. First of all, the majority of people with presbyopia who don’t get LASIK find themselves purchasing expensive bi- or trifocal glasses to account for their multiple vision challenges. With LASIK, you may still have to wear reading glasses, but truly only when you read!

Another option for treating presbyopia is receiving monovision or LASIK that corrects one eye for farsightedness and one for nearsightedness. With these built-in “bifocals,” you can adjust to whatever your vision needs in a given moment without the cumbersome glasses.

What's the Right Age for LASIK? | Cleveland Clinic Sugarbush Eye and Laser Center Ashland, Ohio

Not sure if you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery? No matter your age, you can receive the expert information you need from an experienced LASIK doctor and make a decision that’s best for you and your eyes. For more information, give us a call at (419) 289-6466.


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