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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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?

Legally 18, but...: A consenting adult over the age of 18 can have lasik. Custom lasik is only fda approved over 21. There is some research ongoing for lasik in the pediatric group for medical reasons. ...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 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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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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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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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

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Is laser eye surgery painful?

Is laser eye surgery painful?

No it is Not: Lasik eye surgery only takes around 15 minutes per eye. Your procedure will begin with topical anesthetic drops used to numb your eyes. You will be awake during the procedure, but you will be given a sedative to keep you relaxed. ...Read more

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Is laser eye surgery worth it?

Is laser eye surgery worth it?

Maybe: I assume you are referring to Laser vision correction or LASIK. There are many other kinds of eye laser. If you have uncorrected nearsightedness and/or astigmatism and are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses then usually LVC can decrease or eliminate your need for these appliances in safe and effective manner. Everything depends on your surgeon and his or her experience and judgement. ...Read more

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How can laser eye surgery work?

How can  laser eye surgery work?

Laser vision: Surgery works by precisely removing corneal tissue changing the shape of the front surface of the eye. ...Read more

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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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How successful is laser eye surgery?

Genererally excellen: Lasik surgery (and prk) produces excellent visual results with a success rate approaching 100%. There are a few minor issues like eye dryness but this can be dealt with. Discuss your personal situation with your eye lasik surgeon to see what is best for you. ...Read more

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Is laser eye surgery worth the risk?

Is laser eye surgery worth the risk?

Lasik risk: Performed by a skilled lasik surgeon the risks are minimal. This is also true for laser eye surgery. ...Read more

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Choosing the right laser eye surgery?

Choosing the right laser eye surgery?

Depends on a problem: It depends on what your eye problem is. If it is myopia, then lasik may be considered, if it's retinal detachment, then photocoagulation is the way to go. If it's glaucoma, it would be something else. I'd get referred to ophthalmologist for the final answer. ...Read more

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Can laser eye surgery be good or bad?

Can laser eye surgery be good or bad?

Be evaluated: Your ophthalmologist after doing pre operative testing should be able to tell you whether it is a good treatment for your eyes. ...Read more

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How much will laser eye surgery cost?

How much will laser eye surgery cost?

Depends: Surgeons may charge anywhere fro $800 per eye to $4000 per eye depending on your local market and the surgeon. Look for an experienced surgeon. ...Read more

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What happens after laser eye surgery?

What happens after laser eye surgery?

Depends on goal: Laser may be used to change the refractive power of the eye (lasik or prk), treat glaucoma (alt) , treat angle closure glaucoma (peripheral iridotomy), treat aberrant blood vessels in the back of the eye (prpc, focal laser treatment), or tumors of the back of the eye. What happens after is improvement in the treated condition, and sometimes a cure. ...Read more