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At what age is a teenager ready for laser eye surgery?

At what age is a teenager ready for laser eye surgery?

18 years: Children's prescriptions tend to change frequently until the late teens. As well, the fda has approved laser vision correction surgery for individuals who are 18 years and older. More importantly, however, your eye glass or contact lens prescription should not be changing significantly from year to year in order to qualify. ...Read more

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What age do you have to be to get laser eye surgery?

What age do you have to be to get laser eye surgery?

Mostly after 23: The eye is changing in a not totally predictable way prior to age 23 so to avoid re-lasik surgery, most avoid surgery on anyone younger than this. In special cases younger patients may be considered and even a few children have been done but these are exceptions. ...Read more

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What is the youngest age laser eye surgery can be performed?

What is the youngest age laser eye surgery can be performed?

Depends: The youngest age in which standard laser vision correction can be performed is 18 years old as long as the prescription has been stable. In some rare instances, laser vision correction can be considered much earlier. ...Read more

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At what age can I have laser eye surgery if I have nystagmus?

At what age can I have laser eye surgery if I have nystagmus?

Complex: Laser eye surgery will not help the eye movements of nystagmus. However if you see better with contact lenses than glasses, then laser vision correction can match your contacts and improve your vision. This can be done at any age, even children. ...Read more

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What is the recommended best age for laser eye surgery?

What is the recommended best age for laser eye surgery?

Not sure: I would assume you want to make sure your vision is stable before embarking on the surgery. ...Read more

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If i get laser eye surgery at age 16, could vision possibly get worse after the procedure?

If i get laser eye surgery at age 16, could vision possibly get worse after the procedure?

Yes: 16 is below the age that most doctors would recommend doing laser eye surgery. At 16, your eyes and your prescription will likely continue to change for a while longer. Best to wait until you are older. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to have laser eye surgery at such a young age at 16? My vision gets worse every year and i don't want to wait until i'm in my mid 20s

Is it a bad idea to have laser eye surgery at such a young age at 16? My vision gets worse every year and i don't want to wait until i'm in my mid 20s

LASIK young: I would wait until after age 20, though you could do it earlier. If your vision is indeed worsening every year, than your prescription is not stable. Your correction would be a moving target and you may need to go through the surgery again not too many years afterward. Also, younger folks are at more risk of getting ectasia (corneal warpage) even withouth the surgery. Long life--better to wait. ...Read more

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How old do you need to be to get laser eye surgery? Do you need to be a certain age? My eyes are still changing and my vision is getting worse, but i'm interested in getting corrective surgery. How long do I need to wait after getting glasses?

How old do you need to be to get laser eye surgery? Do you need to be a certain age? My eyes are still changing and my vision is getting worse, but i'm interested in getting corrective surgery. How long do I need to wait after getting glasses?

The : The food and drug administration (fda) has approved laser vision correction after age 21. Should should definitely wait until at least that age, although some people's eyes change until their mid to late 20's. Make sure your vision is stable before proceeding. Your ophthalmologist should see you 2 years in a row to make sure that things are stable before performing laser vision correction. But again, i would wait until at least age 21. ...Read more

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Im thinking of getting laser eye surgery, I am 21 y/o. Any advice?

Yes: 21 is an acceptable age to have laser eye surgery, so long as your eye glass or contact lens prescription has remained stable. You need a pre-operative evaluation by an experienced refractive surgeon to make sure your eyes meet the standards to make you a good candidate. Most lasik surgeons do not charge for the initial examination. ...Read more