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Doctor insights on: Should I Get Lasik Eye Surgery To Correct My Nearsightedness At Age 18

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Should I get lasik eye surgery to correct my nearsightedness at age 18?

Should I get lasik eye surgery to correct my nearsightedness at age 18?

You can: You certainly do not have to have lasik to improve your vision, but by 18 you become a candidate for the procedure (assuming that your prescription has not been changing significantly and there are no other issues related to your eyes). If you would like to know whether you can take advantage of laser eye surgery, visit an ophthalmologist who specializes in lasik for a (often) free consult. ...Read more

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Dr. Emil Chynn
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Lasek Eye Surgery (Definition)

Lasek is a laser vision correction where the epithelium ( the e ) is lifted as a sheet and the laser is applied. In contrast in lasik the epithelium and a thin layer of stroma ( the i for in situ ) is lifted then ...Read more


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Can i get lasik eye surgery to correct my nearsightedness?

Can i get lasik eye surgery to correct my nearsightedness?

There are: Parameters that must be measured to see if you would be a good candidate for lasik. You need to see an ophthalmologist to measure these parameters then determine if you could have it done. Correcting the distance vision will make it so you will need glasses to focus to read, close up. ...Read more

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At what age should I get eye laser surgery?

At what age should I get eye laser surgery?

UNLESS YOU WANT TO: Have to go through it again, and of course depending on the condition for which you are having it, it is recommended to wait well into your 30-40's. ...Read more

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What will my vision be after lasik surgery? I am severely nearsighted and currently wear glasses that correct my vision to nearly 20/20. I am concerned that laser eye surgery will not be able to restore my vision to that level. Can lasik return my vision

What will my vision be after lasik surgery? I am severely nearsighted and currently wear glasses that correct my vision to nearly 20/20. I am concerned that laser eye surgery will not be able to restore my vision to that level. Can lasik return my vision

If : If your ophthalmologist feels that you qualify for lasik surgery, then there is a good chance that you will reach the 20/20 level after lasik surgery, as over 90% of patients undergoing lasik reach 20/20 after surgery. However, not everyone qualifies for lasik (especially those patients with high levels of nearsightedness such as over -10.0 d) and not everyone achieves 20/20 vision. My advice would be to have your eyes evaluated and then ask your surgeon to give you an estimate of what your particular chances are for reaching 20/20. ...Read more

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Can lasik make cataract surgery hard later in life? What info should I keep around in case I do need future cataract surgery?

Can lasik make cataract surgery hard later in life? What info should I keep around in case I do need future cataract surgery?

Yes and no: Performing the actual surgery is no more difficult, however, the calculations required to determine the lens power of the implant are less accurate. ...Read more

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If i get lasik eye surgery will i have perfect 20/20 vision and no longer need my glasses?

If i get lasik eye surgery will i have perfect 20/20 vision and no longer need my glasses?

Potential, 4 awhile: Depending on your unique corneal variables ( astigmatism, level of myopia/hyperopia, corneal thickness, posterior corneal curvature) if all acceptable, then you have about an 95 to 98% chance to be out of your corrective spectacle/contact lenses. At least for awhile anyway. As you age, other factors enter the glasses freedom era, such as presbyopia, cataracts, corneal elasticity changes. ...Read more

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I am having cataract surgery. My optometrist told me my multifocal lens implant will cost me $5000 per eye and I have to pay before. Is this correct?

I am having cataract surgery. My optometrist told me my multifocal lens implant will cost me $5000 per eye and I have to pay before.  Is this correct?

Prices vary: Multifocal lenses do cost extra and are not covered by health insurance. They are not mandatory but can be very helpful if you are trying to achieve independence from glasses. The price is a combination of surgeon fees and the cost of the lens. The price is dependent on the market in the area and is variable. There's nothing wrong with price shopping. Just make sure you go with a great surgeon.. ...Read more

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How old should I be to get lasik eye surgery done?

18 yrs of age: Usually lasik is performed on individuals 18 yrs or older with a stable refraction for at least 1 yr. If your vision is still changing, then you are not a good candidate for lasik and should wait until your prescription has stablized and remained so for at least 1 yr. ...Read more

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I'm over a year post lasik and still have halos/starbursts at night. I don't want to have an enhancement, will prescription glasses correct my vision?

I'm over a year post lasik and still have halos/starbursts at night. I don't want to have an enhancement, will prescription glasses correct my vision?

Perhaps : It could be that there is a small residual prescription and glasses could help. Also possible that you are experiencing dry eye symptoms. Go to an eye doctor to see exactly what the problem is and if glasses would help. ...Read more

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I am a high uncorrected myope. Corrected: 20/20. If I get cataracts removed, will I have 20/20 if I do not get lasik with cataract surgery?

I am a high uncorrected myope. Corrected: 20/20. If I get cataracts removed, will I have 20/20 if I do not get lasik with cataract surgery?

Depends: Your eyesight corrects to 20/20 which is a good prognostic indicator of good central vision. How you are corrected is important. Do you have astigmatism? Do you wear a special type of contact lens 4 your best 20/20 vision? Cataract vision outcomes are very good. A variety of Intraocular lenses are available to achieve the best uncorrected vision, & yes, sometimes LASIK can enhance the outcome ...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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How old should you be before you have eye surgery (to correct your eye sight)?

How old should you be before you have eye surgery (to correct your eye sight)?

18 or older: Laser vision correction (lasik) is the most common surgery to correct vision. It is approved by the fda for treatment on those who are 18 or over. The reasoning behind this cutoff is that the eye's shape and therefore prescription continue to change until one is about 18. For this reason age and prescription stability are both important prior to having lasik. ...Read more

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I have an astigmatism in my right eye , the eye doctor said only need to wear my glasses at night when I'm driving Can I get lazy eye or blind worried?

I have an astigmatism in my right eye , the eye doctor said only need to wear my glasses at night when I'm driving Can I get lazy eye or blind worried?

No: You obviously have a very minor astigmatism. Many people, some of the nicest and brightest (inc. me, ahem!) have much worse astigmatism which is correctable with glasses. It does not cause lazy eye or blindness. ...Read more

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I have high correction and astigmatism. Will I still need to wear glasses after my cataracts surgery?

I have high correction and astigmatism. Will I still need to wear glasses after my cataracts surgery?

Not necessrily: Depends on the surgeon, measurements, type of lens. You may be able to eliminate the need for glasses after surgery, both far and near. You may only need them for near. The more astigmatism and correction you have does decrease the odds of an outcome where you do not need glasses, but still is very possible. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my eye power is bc 8.5/sph -6.00 cyl -1.75/ax 180can I opt for lasik eye surgery?

What do you suggest if my eye power is bc 8.5/sph -6.00 cyl -1.75/ax 180can I opt for lasik eye surgery?

Maybe: The amount of correction you have can be corrected by LASIK. Unfortunately, that is not the only factor that would determine if LASIK surgery is an option. The cornea needs to be thick enough for that amount of correction. The cornea also needs to be free from abnormalities that would prohibit LASIK. The eyeglass correction also needs to be stable for over a year. Ask your eye Doctor. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Holding Objects Closer To Read (Definition)

Nearsightedness is a symptom where a person has trouble seeing clearing faraway objects. ...Read more