With a success rate of over 96%, vision correction surgeries such as LASIK are becoming increasingly popular. But even though the surgery enjoys a high chance of success, many prospective patients may have some questions and concerns. One of the most popular questions is if there’s a perfect age for vision correction. While no single answer exists, understanding the optimal age for vision correction, as well as the different types of vision correction available, can help you pick the perfect path to crystal-clear eyesight.
Youngest Age for Vision Correction
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved vision correction surgeries for those 18 and older. And while vision correction isn’t illegal for those under 18, very few surgeons will elect to perform this surgery at this young of an age. That’s because the eye is constantly changing until most people reach the age of 25.
The Best Age for Vision Correction
Because prescriptions tend to stabilize by the age of 25, most eye doctors suggest that this is the ideal age to undergo vision correction surgery. Furthermore, the eye continues to have the same prescription and changes little through the age of 40, making the optimum age range for patients between 25 and 40.
Vision Correction After 40
To some degree, patients 40 and older may still be quality vision correction candidates if they’ve had a steady prescription for years and no family history of eye ailments. A consultation with your doctor will usually determine if you’re still a good fit for the surgery.
However, some people around this age start to suffer from presbyopia. This condition, which causes a loss of elasticity in the eye, is often untreatable with vision correction. While this doesn’t necessarily eliminate you from surgery candidacy, many doctors often suggest glasses to solve the issue.
Vision Correction Options
If your doctor has decided you’re in the perfect age range for vision correction, you have plenty of options. Today, LASIK isn’t the only available option for patients, with new options offering even better results and clearer, crisper vision.
LASIK (Conventional LASIK)
Invented in 1974 and approved by the FDA in 1999, conventional LASIK, or LASIK, is still the most popular type of corrective surgery, treating between 600,000 and 800,000 patients a year. This surgery requires the doctor to create a flap in the cornea, treat the eye with a laser, and then let the eye heal itself within a few days.
Custom LASIK is one of the newer available options to correct vision. Using bladeless Wavescan technology, custom LASIK creates a map of your eye on the computer. Then, the doctor uses a laser to treat the affected area with more accuracy and success than conventional LASIK.
iDesign is the latest and most advanced method of vision correction. Approved by the FDA in 2015, iDesign uses a laser to make a 3-D map of the eye, measuring 1,257 different points on the cornea. Using this technology, this LASIK is five times more precise and accurate than custom LASIK.
Although eyeglasses and contacts don’t require surgery, they’re wholly inconvenient compared to other methods. So if you fall in one of the age ranges listed above and you’re tired of the hassles of corrective lenses, strongly consider whether LASIK, iDesign, or another surgery is ideal for your needs. You have nothing to lose except excellent vision.
Contact us at Lasik Center Medical Group in Orange County. Our practice is a private practice and Dr. Alexandra Chebil has treated over 70,000 patients that love their 20/20 vision without glasses or contact lenses. Book your FREE Lasik consultation today.