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Appropriate Age For Lasik

Age considerations for early, mid, and later life choices of Bladeless Lasik, PRK, LASEK, Epi-Lasik, P-IOL, RLE, etc.

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Each generation has different needs and Lasik is not always the best choice.  

There are different issues for the very young, young, middle age, and advanced age that must be considered before having conventional or custom wavefront Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, LASEK, Epi-Lasik, RLE, P-IOLs or other refractive surgery procedure.

Pediatric Lasik

The FDA approved the excimer laser for patients over the age of 18, however it is possible for someone under 18 to have surgery. This would be an off-label use of the medical device and would be legal if a doctor determined Lasik would be appropriate. Pediatric Lasik has been used only in extreme cases where vision is threatened by ambylopia or other serious sight threatening circumstances because of severe refractive error. Do not expect a doctor to wave this age requirement easily.

Young Age

Although 18 is the minimum age for most situations, the chronological age is not really the important point. In all cases, the eyes must be stable. No matter how old you are, your prescription needs to have been without change for at least two years. The most popular technique for this age is Lasik, with the laser eye surgery techniques of PRK, LASEK and Epi-Lasik considered for specific circumstances. If the patient has very high refractive error or very thin corneas, a phakic intraocular lens lens (P-IOL) may be appropriate.

Middle Age

As we approach age 40, the natural lens of the eye has greater difficulty changing focus. This is called presbyopia. It is possible that someone in their late 30's and early 40's is able to see close (reading) and far (horizon) but could lose this ability after refractive surgery because of a phenomon called Sudden Presbyopia. There is no predictable, safe, and reliable surgical method to correct presbyopia, however some people find acceptable workaround techniques including monovision. Monovision can be induced with contact lenses, Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, LASEK, or Epi-Lasik.

Advanced Age

As we get closer to our 60's it is possible cataracts will become a concern. If cataracts need to be removed, then cornea based refractive surgery like Lasik, All-Laser Lasik, PRK, LASEK, Epi-Lasik may be unnecessar; Cataract surgery can take care of most refractive error. In fact, some people elect to have cataract surgery for purely refractive purposes. This is called Refreactive Lens Exchange (RLE).

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If you are ready to choose a doctor to be evaluated for conventional or custom wavefront Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, or any refractive surgery procedure, we recommend you consider a doctor who has been evaluated and certified by the USAEyes nonprofit organization. Locate a USAEyes Evaluated & Certified Lasik Doctor.

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