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A 33-year-old member asked:

i want lasik, but i've been told my prescription should be stable. what does stable mean?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Stable prescription: Your prescription should not have changed more than 0.5 diopter over a year period.
Dr. Matthew Rauen
Ophthalmology 15 years experience
Not changing: One never wants to do surgery on a moving target. At 34 years of age your eyes should be "stable." you can prove this to yourself and your doctor by having glasses or contact prescriptions comparred from a yesr or two ago to your current correction. If the same, things are stable.
Dr. Mark Sibley
LASIK Surgery 45 years experience
Stable vision4 Lasik: Stable means not fluctuating. Stable means that your glasses prescription is not getting more nearsighted. The eyes are almost 100% stabilized in about 100% adults by about age 21-22. You are 36. Your eyes should have been stable for 14 years. Go for your lasik evaluation .. Keep us posted...

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