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How old do you have to be to get a laser eye surgery?

How old do you have to be to get a laser eye surgery?

18: Fda cutoff, but can go younger for special cases. Most importantly, vision rx should be stable and the rest of the eye healthy. Higher risk of change in early 20s. ...Read more

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What to do if i really want to get laser eye surgery, and i watched a video every time i go to the eye doctor. How old do you have to be to get the surgery?

What to do if i really want to get laser eye surgery, and i watched a video every time i go to the eye doctor. How old do you have to be to get the surgery?

Laser eye surgery: Lasik is fda approved to age 21, and most docs/locations will offer it to 18 year olds. I prefer to wait until someone is in their 20's to be more sure the refraction is stable and the cornea a fairly normal shape. There is no age limit, but as people approach age 60, cataracts may develop, and lasik should not be done first if cataract surgery is needed. ...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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How old should I be to get laser eye surgery?

How old should I be to get laser eye surgery?

At least 18: In the United States, one must be at least 18 years of age, and have a stable prescription (no significant changes over the last 1-2 years) in order to qualify for lasik/prk. Additionally, the eye must be healthy, and capable of achieving a good visual result. See a qualified laser eye surgeon for an evaluation and discussion of your particular needs. ...Read more

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If I get laser eye surgery will I still need to have reading glasses when i'm older?

If I get laser eye surgery will I still need to have reading glasses when i'm older?

Likely reading glass: If you are already wearing reading glasses or bifocals before lasik, you will likely still need glasses for near after. Lasik typically corrects the distance vision permanently. After age 40, near vision still needs an additional reading glass correction. There is an option to purposely undercorrect one eye (leaving it near sighted) to allow spectacle free vision - this is called monovision. ...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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How bad do your eyes have to be to get laser eye surgery?

How bad do your eyes have to be to get laser eye surgery?

It's not how bad...: ... But more how badly you want it. Laser vision correction surgery may be beneficial if you need to wear glasses or contact lenses most of the time. You do not have to wait until your vision gets to a specific level before entertaining having the procedure. The lowest prescription most doctors will treat is about 0.5 to0.75 diopters (less than most people usually wear glasses for). ...Read more

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When can you get laser eye surgery?

When can you get laser eye surgery?

See laser surgeon: Multiple factors make you a good candidate for laser eye surgery... over 18 if you are nearsighted, 21 if you are farsighted or have astigmatism. Eyes of disease and vision correctable with glasses. Sould not have certain systemic diseases or be on certain medicines. Corneas should not be too step or too flat or to thin, etc. In short, you will need to see a laser eye surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Who should not get laser eye surgery?

Who should not  get laser eye surgery?

Contraindications: Patients whose refraction is not stable, whose corneas are too thin or are irregular on topography, pregnant patients, patients with uncontrolled diabetes or glaucoma and patients on certain prescription medications such as amiodarone are not good candidates. Also, patients with other eye conditions such as cataract or macular degeneration should not have this surgery. Discuss with your eye md. ...Read more