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. However, at the Rochester Eye & Laser Center, we want to ensure the best outcome for our patients and therefore require LASIK candidates to be 21 years or older. In addition, your annual vision checks must show a history of having stable vision for the past 12 months. If you meet these requirements, you may be an eligible candidate for the procedure. The way to know, for sure, is to schedule a free LASIK Consultation at the Rochester Eye & Laser Center.
LASIK for young adults (Ages 21 – 30)
Since the most important factor is vision stability, it's important to note that vision stabilizes at a different rates for different people. Vision can stabilize anywhere between the ages of 18 and approximately 28, so it is important that you have no change in prescription for a full 12 month period. Once your vision has stabilized, the ideal age for LASIK vision correction falls between 21 - 30 years old.
It feels like we all know someone who has had LASIK and they give rave reviews about the convenience of being free of glasses or contacts. Feeling left out? It almost sounds too good to be true. Hear, in their own words, what our patients have to say about their LASIK experience in our testimonial video, below.
One last thing to consider, the ROI of LASIK! When you add up the cost of contacts and supplies, prescription changes, new frames and lens upgrades over the course of several years, the procedure will end up saving you money over the course of your lifetime.
Over 40? You can still have LASIK.
It used to be said, that you can't have LASIK if you're over 40. That's just not true. After all, 40 IS the new 30! This is around the age that some of us begin to experience trouble reading and seeing things up close. If you find your current prescription isn't meeting your near-vision needs, there are options to help correct your worsening near-vision.
LASIK at age 60? Really?
Yes, really. Seniors with healthy eyes can have the LASIK procedure. However, if you are experiencing age-related conditions, such as cataracts or glaucoma, you are not a viable LASIK candidate. If you have healthy eyes, a free LASIK consultation will determine whether you are a candidate.
At Rochester Eye & Laser Center, Dr. Lindahl is dedicated to quality care and innovative technology. If you have any questions, be sure to discuss them with your doctor, during your LASIK consultation.