If you are considering your LASIK surgery options, knowing if you qualify for LASIK is a great place to start your laser vision correction journey.
One of the most common questions we hear from patients is how old is too old for LASIK? There’s probably no specific age when you’re too old for LASIK as long as your eyes are healthy. Our LASIK surgeon has performed the life-changing LASIK surgery successfully on patients from 18 to 81 years of age. With advances in technology over time, the number of both older and younger patients qualifying for LASIK has definitely increased.
While age is a significant factor in determining your candidacy for LASIK (and exactly what kind of LASIK surgery is best for you), patients in their 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s with healthy eyes can enjoy their LASIK surgery as much as those in their younger years – especially if your laser eye surgery is being done by an experienced surgeon. It is always a good idea to ask your surgeon how much experience he or she has had performing LASIK on people your age. The answer can be a real “eye-opener”!
During your LASIK consultation, your doctor will look at many factors to determine if LASIK surgery is a good option for you.
To qualify for LASIK, you must be in good overall health and not have certain specific conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes or certain autoimmune diseases. In some cases, these conditions can increase the risk of complications after LASIK surgery or reduce the accuracy of the treatment. If you have any of these conditions, your doctor will need to look at your specific circumstances to determine if you can safely have LASIK surgery.
After looking at your overall health and medical history, your doctor will then examine your eyes to look for any eye diseases or conditions that may make you a less than ideal candidate for the procedure. Eye conditions like cataracts, severe dry eyes, keratoconus may mean that LASIK isn’t a good option for you. However, these situations are reviewed in detail on a case-by-case basis by your LASIK doctor who will create a customized LASIK surgery plan just for your specific eye circumstances.
Finally, your doctor will then check your prescription and its stability. At LASIK of Nevada, we usually recommend having a stable prescription for a certain amount of time before getting LASIK surgery. This recommendation makes it less likely that you would have any unexpected changes in your prescription that could make LASIK surgery less accurate for you.
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Most patients who are told that they have cataracts do not have “visually-significant” cataracts. If you have visually-significant cataracts, cataract removal surgery is typically your best option for vision correction. With advancements in cataract surgery, most surgeons can correct refractive errors in your vision with the use of intraocular lens replacements. If you have a cataract that is not visually significant, you still may be an excellent candidate for LASIK surgery after a complete eye exam has determined the degree of lens (cataract) changes that you actually have.
Many people also have minor refractive errors following cataract surgery, which can be very successfully treated with LASIK surgery. Discussing your eye health history and vision goals with our ophthalmologist will help you decide if LASIK is a good solution for your post-cataract prescription needs.
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During your LASIK surgery, your surgeon will use a laser to correct the shape of your cornea. This part of the procedure takes approximately one minute per eye, and most people are able to drive and go back to work the day after their LASIK surgery. Prior to your LASIK surgery, our LASIK surgeon will walk you through the specifics of what to expect during your LASIK surgery while personalizing this process to suit your needs, We will also discuss what to expect during the recovery process after LASIK surgery with you in great detail. Read more about what to expect when you have LASIK here.
If you’re considering LASIK surgery, contact us at LASIK of Nevada today to discuss your laser eye surgery options.
The good news is that if your vision is sufficiently corrected with glasses or contact lenses and that your eyes are generally healthy, then you are likely to be a good candidate for LASIK. We don’t view age by itself as a determinant of whether you are a candidate or not. We have successfully treated patients of virtually all ages and helped them to maintain their active lifestyles and improve their overall quality of life for many years to come.
Speaking with our LASIK specialists at LASIK of Nevada can help you better understand how your age, health, and medical history will affect your candidacy for LASIK.