Many potential LASIK patients wonder if there is an upper age limit for having the vision correction surgery. In this blog post, Collins Vision, a trusted eye care practice serving Fort Myers and Naples, FL, shares the answer.
Maximum Age for LASIK?
There is no specific maximum age limit for patients who would like to enhance their vision with LASIK or an alternative procedure. However, there are certain considerations to keep in mind before pursuing laser vision correction.
Although the results from LASIK are considered to be permanent, the procedure cannot prevent the development of age-related vision conditions. For example, many people develop presbyopia in their 40s, regardless of whether they previously underwent laser vision correction surgery. Presbyopia is an age-related eye condition in which an individual experiences blurred vision when reading, sewing or staring at a computer. If you develop presbyopia, you may need glasses, regardless of whether you have had LASIK previously.
Additionally, more than half of Americans have either developed cataracts (the gradual clouding of the eye’s natural lens) by the age of 80 or have had surgery to remove the affected lens. Cataracts can affect anyone, including individuals who have had LASIK or another vision correction procedure.
Am I a Candidate for LASIK?
LASIK has proven to be a safe and effective procedure for clearer vision. However, not everyone is an appropriate candidate for the procedure. An ideal LASIK candidate:
- Is 18 years old or older
- Has a stable prescription for at least one year
- Is healthy and free of eye diseases
- Is not pregnant
What Happens if I’m Not Eligible for LASIK?
If you do not qualify for LASIK, you may be eligible for another vision correction procedure. The only way to find out if you qualify for LASIK is by scheduling an appointment with Collins Vision. During your appointment, Dr. Collins will personally examine your vision and determine which vision correction procedure is best for you.
Reach Out to Collins Vision Today
To learn more about vision correction surgery, including LASIK, or to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, contact us today. Schedule your personal appointment by calling (239) 936-4706.