Question: Can I Get Lasik If My Eyes Are Still Changing?

If you are younger than 18, eye surgeons prefer to hold off on performing surgery.

This is due to the fact that it’s normal for vision to change into early adulthood.

While a standard LASIK surgery itself cannot correction a condition like cataracts, other procedures available can improve vision at this stage.

What are the requirements for Lasik eye surgery?

The qualifications of a good candidate for refractive or laser eye surgery generally include:

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Stable eyeglass and contact lense prescription for at least 2 to 3 years.
  • Stable vision over at least the past year.
  • No history or findings of active corneal disease.

How bad does your vision have to be to get Lasik?

Having 20/100 vision means you should be within 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see 100 feet away. To determine if your poor eyesight is suitable for LASIK, your laser vision correction doctor will figure out if your refractive error is within the range that can be treated.

How long do your eyes need to be stable for Lasik?

If your prescription is stable and your eyes healthy

To have LASIK eye surgery, you must have a stable prescription. This means your eyeglass prescription has not changed for at least two consecutive years. LASIK is FDA-approved for people aged 18 and older.

Can Lasik surgery be repeated?

LASIK is a permanent surgical procedure that alters the shape of your cornea to help you see more clearly. In some cases, you may need a secondary, or enhancement surgery, after an initial LASIK procedure. In general, there is no limit on how many LASIK procedures you can get in your lifetime.

How much does Lasik cost?

While charges for LASIK procedures vary widely by practice and region, the average cost of LASIK is between $1,500 to $3,000 per eye depending on the type of the procedure, surgeon and region of the country. Often extremely low prices of $399 or $695 are very unrealistic and considered bait and switch pricing.

The Right Age For LASIK

Generally, the perfect candidate for LASIK is someone between the ages of 20 and 40. This is because a major determining factor in LASIK candidacy is a stable eye prescription for at least two years. Just as your body grows and matures through adolescence, so do your eyes.

Is Lasik worth it over 40?

Many patients have concerns whether age will affect their candidacy for LASIK surgery. While there are additional considerations that must be taken into account regarding LASIK and patients over 40, for many of our Chicago patients, LASIK after 40 can still be a success.

How many years does Lasik eye surgery last?

With modern LASIK, the enhancement rate is 1-2 percent in the first 12 months and then about 1 percent a year after that as patients’ eyes can change with time. So, for example, 10 years after LASIK, approximately 10 percent of patients may require an enhancement procedure to maintain their excellent vision.

Is Lasik eye surgery worth it?

LASIK eye surgery may mean no more corrective lenses. But it’s not right for everybody. LASIK is a type of refractive eye surgery. In general, most people who have laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery achieve 20/25 vision or better, which works well for most activities.

Can your eyes get worse after Lasik?

In most cases the improved vision LASIK surgery provides is permanent. But in a limited number of cases — usually due to changes that can occur in the lens inside the eye, with or without LASIK surgery — some nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism can return over time, causing blurry vision.

Which is better Lasik or smile?

SMILE is a less invasive laser eye surgery procedure than LASIK. During a LASIK procedure, your surgeon creates a flap that is 20mm in circumference. A PRK procedure creates an 8mm diameter surface removal. In comparison, SMILE creates only a 3mm corneal key-hole incision.

What are the disadvantages of laser eye surgery?

Risks of LASIK include:

  1. Dry eyes. LASIK surgery causes a temporary decrease in tear production.
  2. Glare, halos and double vision. After surgery you may have difficulty seeing at night.
  3. Undercorrections.
  4. Overcorrections.
  5. Astigmatism.
  6. Flap problems.
  7. Vision loss or changes.

Can a person have lasik twice?

However, due to the natural aging process of the eye the effects of this permanent procedure may change, and even reduce, over time. Which begs the question: is it possible to have laser eye surgery more than once? In short, the answer is yes, but it’s not quite that simple.

How often does Lasik need to be redone?

The cornea looks untouched to the trained eye after a year. Most patients will not need any additional surgery in the decades to come after LASIK. However, 1 to 2 percent of people may have a natural drift in their need for glasses and may require a “redo” after 5 to 10 years.

Can you do Lasik a second time?

April 10, 2003 — Will just one LASIK solve your vision problem? New data show some patients are at higher risk of needing a second LASIK. But there’s good news — even if another LASIK’s needed. Using the same “flap” cut into the eye by the first laser surgery makes second LASIKs safer than ever before.