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Can children have their refractive errors corrected with laser surgery?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not standard

However there are peds ophtho who will do lasik on children to prevent amblyopia (help anisometropia).
< age 18 is considered off label use.

In brief: Not standard

However there are peds ophtho who will do lasik on children to prevent amblyopia (help anisometropia).
< age 18 is considered off label use.
Dr. Robert Chang
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Generally No

Refractive laser surgery is usually reserved for adults whose eyes are stable where the glasses power is expected to change very little.
Some trials have been proposed for pediatric lasik but generally have not been successful. In extreme cases of amblyopia contact lenses are often used.

In brief: Generally No

Refractive laser surgery is usually reserved for adults whose eyes are stable where the glasses power is expected to change very little.
Some trials have been proposed for pediatric lasik but generally have not been successful. In extreme cases of amblyopia contact lenses are often used.
Dr. David Kira
Dr. David Kira
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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes and No

Hyperopia is a congenital condition & it does not increase.
In resistant amblyopia as dr. Chang has mentioned lasik does wonders in treating the amblyopia. Children of this condition sometime should have laser. Simple myopia stabilizes after 8 years of onset that is when lasik should be done. My daughter with myopia had lasik at 15, now 27 & 20/20. She wore glasses since age 6. No cut&dry age.

In brief: Yes and No

Hyperopia is a congenital condition & it does not increase.
In resistant amblyopia as dr. Chang has mentioned lasik does wonders in treating the amblyopia. Children of this condition sometime should have laser. Simple myopia stabilizes after 8 years of onset that is when lasik should be done. My daughter with myopia had lasik at 15, now 27 & 20/20. She wore glasses since age 6. No cut&dry age.
Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not usually

Although it is done in rare circumstances, laser surgery to correct refractive error is typically not done in children because their eyes are still growing and their refractive error isn't stable.

In brief: Not usually

Although it is done in rare circumstances, laser surgery to correct refractive error is typically not done in children because their eyes are still growing and their refractive error isn't stable.
Dr. Christopher Hood
Dr. Christopher Hood
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