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What's the best age for LASIK?

What's the best age for LASIK?

Did you know that LASIK laser vision correction has age restrictions? As with most surgical procedures, there is a specific age range for ideal candidates. With LASIK, the age ranges are set, because stable vision is imperative, along with good cornea health.

LASIK for 21 and older

 

The FDA requires you to be over the age of 18 to qualify for LASIK. At the Rochester Eye & Laser Center, we prioritize the best possible outcome for our patients, which is why we have set the age requirement for LASIK candidates at 21 years or older. In addition to meeting the age requirement, your annual vision checks must demonstrate a history of stable vision for the past 12 months. This stability is crucial for the success of the procedure. If you meet these criteria, you may be considered an eligible candidate for LASIK. To confirm your eligibility, we recommend scheduling a free LASIK Consultation at the Rochester Eye & Laser Center.

 

LASIK for young adults (Ages 21 – 30)

 

Vision stability is the key factor in determining the ideal age for LASIK. It's important to understand that vision stabilization varies among individuals, with some experiencing stability as early as 18 and others closer to 28. To be a suitable candidate for LASIK, you must have had no changes in your prescription for a full 12-month period, indicating that your vision has stabilized. Typically, the recommended age range for LASIK vision correction is between 21 and 30 years old.

You may have heard glowing reviews from friends or family members who have undergone LASIK and now enjoy the freedom from glasses or contacts. Perhaps you're feeling curious or even left out. Rest assured, the benefits of LASIK are real. To hear firsthand accounts of our patients' LASIK experiences, check out our testimonial video below.

When considering LASIK, it's also essential to factor in the return on investment (ROI). By calculating the costs of contacts, supplies, prescription changes, and frequent upgrades to frames and lenses over several years, you'll likely find that undergoing LASIK can lead to savings over your lifetime.

 

Age 40 and Beyond: You can still have LASIK.

 

Contrary to previous beliefs, LASIK is not off-limits once you reach the age of 40. In fact, 40 is often considered the new 30! This is a stage in life where many individuals start experiencing difficulties with near-vision tasks, such as reading. If you find that your current prescription is no longer meeting your near-vision needs, there are options available to address this issue and improve your overall vision.

 

LASIK at age 60?

 

If you're dealing with age-related eye conditions like cataracts or glaucoma, LASIK may not be a suitable option for you. It's important to note that at around age 60, many people begin developing cataracts, which can impact the long-term effectiveness of LASIK. Consequently, most eye specialists, including Dr. Lindahl at Rochester Eye & Laser Center, consider 60 to be the general cut-off age for LASIK.

Dr. Lindahl and our team at Rochester Eye & Laser Center are committed to providing top-quality care and utilizing innovative technology to enhance your vision. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to discuss them with your doctor during your LASIK consultation. Your vision and eye health are our top priorities, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

Want to learn more about LASIK? Come to our free Virtual LASIK Seminar and talk to Dr. Ken Lindahl. Ask all your LASIK questions so that you feel comfortable deciding if LASIK is right for you.

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