LASIK in Relation to Age


Did you know that the age of a patient can affect the type of LASIK treatment that they receive? Although the right course of treatment will depend entirely on the individual, there are guidelines in place when it comes to treating different individuals who have decided to have Lasik surgery. Here are some of the factors that doctors will need to consider when assessing patients of different ages for this procedure.
Younger Patients:
When a patient is between 18 and 21 years old, there is less of a rush to treat them. In fact, a patient’s eyes can still change significantly during their teenage years and early 20s. A patient will need to be at least 18 years old to be considered a candidate for Lasik surgery, and also have an eye-wear prescription that has been consistently the same for two years prior. When a doctor considers whether someone is right for Lasik surgery, there are a number of factors that will need to be taken into consideration. For example, prescription stability, age, overall health, and eye health need to be assessed before Lasik surgery can be approved. The patient’s occupational needs, myopia, hyperopia, and the shape and thickness of their cornea will also be taken into consideration. These factors help a doctor decide whether Lasik will be the safest and most effective treatment for the patient.
Older Patients:
Patients who are aged between 40 and 59 will have other factors taken into consideration when a doctor is assessing whether Lasik is right for them. Presbyopia is one of the most common factor when it comes to this age group. This condition is due to an age-related hardening of the natural lens inside everyone’s eyes, which makes it hard to focus on objects at near. The doctor may offer the option of correcting one eye for up-close vision, and the other for distance. This is referred to as a Monovision Lasik procedure. A trial of monovision with contact lenses or glasses prior to the actual Lasik is done to determine candidacy for this form of treatment.
Patients over 60Patients who are over 60 may begin to develop cataracts, and in the absence of such, they could be great candidates for laser eye surgery. Your ophthalmologist can determine whether Lasik surgery should be performed in a patient who is in that age range. Lasik can also be performed following a cataract surgery if the patient has a refractive error following cataract surgery. Many patients in their 60s, 70s, and 80s have successfully undergone Lasik procedure successfully to reduce or eliminate their need for glasses or contact lenses.
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San Diego Ophthalmologist