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A 16-year-old male asked:

How old should i be to get an eye surgery? i have astigmatism and i'm getting tired of using glasses and contact lenses

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Stable: Your eyes must be stable before you have laser vision correction. This occurs in the late teens or early twenties.
Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Vision surgery: There is no set age limit for when you can get laser corrective surgery (e.g., lasik, lasek, prk), but generally speaking it's best to have your eyeglass prescription stabilize (not change) for at least a year. That way your eyes will be less likely to outgrow this rather expensive surgery. You should also be screened by a refractive surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.
Last updated Sep 21, 2017
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