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

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
13 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: When stable!

Absolute age is not the important factor, rather stable eyes are a must.
The fda approved standard lasik for 18 years and older, custom lasik for greater than 21. But 21 Y.O. Patients can have changes in their amount of nearsightedness later in life. We insist that 18 year olds show exams indicating at least 2 years of stability, and then still tel them that they may need a second surgery later.

In brief: When stable!

Absolute age is not the important factor, rather stable eyes are a must.
The fda approved standard lasik for 18 years and older, custom lasik for greater than 21. But 21 Y.O. Patients can have changes in their amount of nearsightedness later in life. We insist that 18 year olds show exams indicating at least 2 years of stability, and then still tel them that they may need a second surgery later.
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Majid Moshirfar
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 21years

Your contact lens and glasses prescription need to be stable with less 0.
25d change over the course of last two years. Most fda laser approvals were based on minimum age of 21. There are few laser platforms that are approved for patient older than 18 years of age.

In brief: 21years

Your contact lens and glasses prescription need to be stable with less 0.
25d change over the course of last two years. Most fda laser approvals were based on minimum age of 21. There are few laser platforms that are approved for patient older than 18 years of age.
Dr. Majid Moshirfar
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Dr. Mark Golden
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Age for LASIK

The time to have lasik is when the prescription stops changing.
For girls this is usaully between 18 and 21 and boys may take a few years longer. The issue is that it is best to perform lasik only once and therefore best to wait for the eyes to stop changing.

In brief: Age for LASIK

The time to have lasik is when the prescription stops changing.
For girls this is usaully between 18 and 21 and boys may take a few years longer. The issue is that it is best to perform lasik only once and therefore best to wait for the eyes to stop changing.
Dr. Mark Golden
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology

In brief: 18+

A mature 18 year old who has a stable correction that is not changing is potentially a good candidate.
Lack of any of thse factors whould encourage wating a little while.

In brief: 18+

A mature 18 year old who has a stable correction that is not changing is potentially a good candidate.
Lack of any of thse factors whould encourage wating a little while.
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