When it comes to vision correction, laser eye surgery is one of the most effective options on the market. It’s a quick procedure, with a short recovery time as well.
At our laser eye clinic, we answer many questions regarding the eligibility of patients for our various custom laser eye procedures. Not surprisingly, our most commonly questions deal with the patient’s age.
Can you be too young or too old for laser eye surgery? You may be surprised to learn that vision correction is available for almost every age!
“Can you be too young for laser eye surgery?”
The eye changes naturally as you age, and settles into its final form around the age of 18. Once the eye reaches its final form, it doesn’t undergo any dramatic changes for the rest of adulthood up until old age.
Laser eye surgery can be an option as soon as your eyes settle, around the age of 18. Whether you’re in your late teens or early 20’s – there’s really no reason why you should need to struggle with poor eyesight during young adulthood.
So, can you be too young for laser eye surgery? Yes – but you may be able to receive laser eye surgery earlier than you would think!
“Can you be too old for laser eye surgery?”
As you approach retirement your eyes may go through some dramatic changes. Many patients approaching the age of 60 may be at the risk of cataracts, which is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens.
There are a multitude of options available for lasting vision correction. Cataract surgery is the only way to treat cataracts – but you don’t have to wait for cataracts before having refractive lens exchange surgery.
If you suffer from farsightedness, you can request the Symfony intraocular lens, which are implanted during normal cataract surgery and can correct presbyopia.
At this age, it’s still very possible to receive laser eye surgery. Depending on the case, an older patient may be an even better candidate for laser eye surgery than a young adult with very dry eyes. If you’re unsure, you should always contact a laser eye clinic to discuss options for vision correction.
“When is the best age for a laser eye procedure?”
There is no upper limit on how late you can undergo a vision correction procedure – it all depends on your individual case.
Some patients with very high prescriptions may not be eligible for laser eye surgery at all. But for most cases – why suffer with vision issues when you can find a permanent solution?
If you’re between the ages of 21 to 35, chances are that there will be a suitable form of permanent vision correction available to you. Even if LASIK or PRK are not an option, Phakic lens replacement may work for you.
At BoydVision we always offer a preoperative consultation, weighing the options and presenting them to you before we decide which one of our custom LASIK or custom PRK procedures, phakic or refractive lens exchange surgeries is suited for your vision correction. Contact our laser eye clinic to learn about the vision correction procedure that is best suited for your eyes.