When Should I Get Laser Eye Surgery?

In general, LASIK is considered to be a safe procedure for adults of all ages.

The U.S.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes that you need to be at least 18 years old in order to qualify for LASIK.

In general, the average age at which people undergo a LASIK procedure is between the ages of 20 and 40.

What age is best to get laser eye surgery?

What is the best age to get LASIK?

  • Although LASIK is approved for individuals between the ages of 18 to 24 many doctors report that these younger patients have specific lifestyle or job requirements that are hampered by contact lenses.
  • A patient’s eyes will start to change again around the age of 40.

Is it worth getting Lasik after 40?

Although patients may still address other vision problems through LASIK surgery, they will likely still require low-strength prescription reading glasses due to presbyopia. Patients should be very realistic regarding what the results of LASIK surgery may be when the procedure is performed after 40.

Can I get Lasik If my eyes are still changing?

Generally there is no upper age limit to laser eye surgery. However, it is important to note that once you hit your 40s, you may still need reading glasses to correct near vision due to a normal, age-related condition called presbyopia. As noted above, a dry eye condition should be treated before LASIK surgery.

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.

Candidacy for LASIK surgery is typically not dependent upon age, but upon the stability and health of the eye. While the minimum age for LASIK surgery is 18 years old, there is technically no age limit for laser vision correction. First, your vision must be stable.

Can Lasik make you go blind?

Myth: LASIK complications can make you go blind.

The truth is, there has never been a case of blindness as a result of LASIK eye surgery complications reported in the United States. The risk of going blind from a LASIK complication is actually comparable to the risk of blindness from wearing contacts.

What is the maximum age for Lasik?

The only real age limit for a LASIK procedure, per the FDA, is that each surgical candidate should be at least 18 years of age. Our eyes and corresponding prescription requirements may change frequently at that age, and it’s important to wait until that tendency to change stabilizes before having laser eye surgery.

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.

Does Lasik last forever?

DONNENFELD: It is a very persistent myth, people thinking that LASIK is not permanent and that it may only last a few years. The reality is, LASIK permanently corrects the vision prescription – your nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism – that you come in with to have the procedure.

Can I get lasik twice?

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.

Who is not suitable for laser eye surgery?

The term ‘laser eye surgery’ is used to describe procedures such as LASIK, ASLA/PRK and SMILE®, which are performed to correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. While many people are suitable for laser eye surgery, there are certain people for whom it may not be appropriate.

What is the alternative to Lasik surgery?

The four alternatives to traditional LASIK surgery are LASEK, Phakic IntraOcular Lens Implants, Epi-LASIK, and Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery. If you have thin or flat corneas, LASEK is one of the best LASIK alternatives.

Is it worth getting laser eye surgery?

You have severe nearsightedness or have been diagnosed with a high refractive error. The possible benefits of LASIK surgery may not justify the risks. You have fairly good (overall) vision. If you see well enough to need contacts or glasses only part of the time, improvement from the surgery may not be worth the risks.

Which is better Lasik or laser eye surgery?

LASIK and LASEK are forms of corrective refractive eye surgeries, and both reshape corneas permanently. The main difference between them is that with LASIK, a corneal flap is created and replaced, and with LASEK, the top layer of the cornea is loosened, moved, and reattached.

Is Eye Laser painful?

Is There Any Pain During the Surgery? The laser procedure is generally painless. Some patients have reported feeling some slight pressure on their eye while the laser is being applied to it. The laser treatment itself only takes around 30-40 seconds, so any feeling of discomfort will be minimal and short-lived.