LASIK is available to people of all age ranges. But according to the latest statistics on LASIK, most people undergo the procedure between the ages of 35 and 40. The reasoning behind this varies from more disposable income to better insurance to less of a chance of changing vision.
Unfortunately, older individuals who suffer from vision problems are under the false assumption that they’re poor candidates for LASIK, but this just isn’t true. While not everyone aged 50 and up can get LASIK, you’re probably a more viable candidate than you think. So, are you too old for LASIK? Here are some things you should know.
1. What Conditions Can I Fix With LASIK?
Before you decide to dive into whether you qualify for LASIK, you should understand what the procedure can and can’t do. If you suffer from astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsightedness, then LASIK can definitely improve your vision.
The sole problem with older candidates lies with those who have presbyopia. Presbyopia is when the eye starts to lose its elasticity, which can result in poor vision up close and over longer distances. To date, LASIK hasn’t been shown to provide a solution to presbyopia in most cases, so if you suffer from this, you’re probably not a candidate for LASIK.
2. Factors That Can Disqualify You From LASIK
Aside from presbyopia, other factors can disqualify you from LASIK. And while you should still consult with your doctor to make sure, you’re far less likely to qualify as a strong candidate for LASIK if you have any of the following conditions:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Macular degeneration
- Cataracts or glaucoma
- Have a prescription that varies frequently
- Thick or thin corneas
- Dry eye syndrome
- Severe refractive error
3. Will You Need More Than One LASIK Surgery?
If you don’t have presbyopia or one of the conditions listed above, you may be a great candidate for LASIK, even as an older person. But one question that many older candidates have is whether they will need to have more than one LASIK surgery.
There’s no easy way to answer this, but in most cases and regardless of age, you will only need one LASIK surgery to correct your vision. In the off chance that you need another LASIK procedure, you can make a basic assumption that you won’t need a follow up for five to 10 years or longer.
When you go back for a second surgery, you will need to once again determine if you’re a viable candidate, which is trickier and more stringent the older you get.
Dr. Alexandra Chebil has performed over 70,000 procedures in her private practice in Orange County CA. Lasik Center Medical Group is centrally located in Newport Beach CA. Her patients vary in age, and since she provides personalized one-on-one care with each patient, you will know from the first visit whether Lasik is right for you.
Consult Your Eye Care Professional to Find Out More
While reading more about LASIK for seniors can help you make an educated decision as to whether it’s right for you, consulting with Dr. Alexandra Chebil is the best way to determine if you’re a candidate for LASIK. Set up an appointment with our trusted LASIK surgeon to learn more, heed her advice, and hopefully, you’ll become one of the millions of individuals who have a better quality of life with improved vision.