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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it safe for minors to get laser vision correction?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Rosen
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Depends: Generally it is not permitted by law, depending on the state, since minors are often still in the growth phase of development of the eye and laser correction has a great chance of being premature and more potentially inaccurate. In some special cases it may be indicated, but usually only under special investigational protocol.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
It may be...: Laser vision correction isfda -approved for those 18 and over. There are, however, certain instances when it may be appropriate to perform vision correction procedures on minors. This is especially true for those at risk of developing amblyopia - a condition that can cause one or both eyes not to be able to see well despite wearing the approptriate prescription.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

What do you think of laser vision correction? Is it safe? How does it work?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Safe, see eye doctor: In the hands of an experienced refractive eye surgeon, the procedure is very safe. However at your age of 50, presbyopia is an issue. Depending on to your refractive error, history of dry eye syndrome & or other factors will determine whether you are a good candidate for this or not. Unlike someone who is much younger, other considerations must be weighed in regarding near/far vision preferences.

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