As you age, you may start noticing your vision issues getting in the way of your daily life. Millions of people have already achieved vision correction from LASIK, but how old do you have to be to qualify for LASIK surgery? Similar to other parts of your body, your eyes can go through changes as you grow and develop. For this reason, LASIK and other vision surgeries are typically not recommended until your eyes have had a chance to fully mature. On the other hand, when you reach a certain age, you may experience vision impairments or diseases that you didn’t have before. Does that mean people of a certain age can not receive LASIK either? Learn more about the recommended age of LASIK and find out if you’re a candidate for vision correction surgery.
Required Age for LASIK
One of the most common questions that patients have is, “At what age can you get LASIK?” The age required to get LASIK is 18 years old. However, our doctors may recommend that you wait a few years after that if your prescription is still changing. This is because at 18 years old, your eyes could still be going through changes and in order to deliver you the best results possible, your eye doctor will want to wait until your vision has stabilized.
Most Common Age for LASIK
The most common age people receive LASIK ranges from 20-40 years old. Around this age, many adults realize how busy their lives are and are burdened by glasses and contacts so they’ll opt to see if LASIK is right for them. After you cross the age of 40, your eyes will go through more changes. Age-related farsightedness, known as presbyopia, may begin to set in for some adults. This can also be treated with LASIK surgery so it’s worth it to inquire about monovision (one eye treated for distance and the other for near). Around the age of 60, your eyes will likely go through another change. Your risk for cataracts and other eye problems increases. Despite this, those without these conditions or diseases may still qualify for LASIK beyond 60 years old.
Can You Be Too Old?
As long as your vision is stable and you and your eyes are in good health, there is no age limit for receiving LASIK. However, not every one of the appropriate age is a candidate for LASIK. If you want to know if you’re a candidate, schedule an appointment with our expert doctors. You can also find out through our convenient LASIK self-test.
Choose NEOES for LASIK
Are you at or above the age of 18 and are interested in how LASIK can improve your life? It’s a serious decision, so make it an informed one. Your best option is to schedule an appointment with Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons (NEOES). We’ll evaluate the health of your eyes and answer all your pressing questions about the procedure. If we find that you’re not a candidate for LASIK, we’ll help you find a surgery that’s right for you. In today’s world, there are great alternative options to gain independence from contacts and glasses if LASIK isn’t the right one. Get back to living your active lifestyle. Check out why our LASIK Center is home to state-of-the-art technology, award-winning surgeons, and a staff ready to help you achieve your best vision.