Is There A ‘Best Age’ To Get Lasik Done?

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Aging of Eyes:

As we age, our eyes can develop certain conditions that affect the way we see and the way we live our lives. Lasik eye surgery is an effective treatment for these varying conditions, providing a solution for serious conditions and allowing people to live their lives without the use of contacts or eyeglasses.

There are industry guidelines for Lasik eye surgery, but for the most part there is no “best age” range for the procedure because of the wide range of conditions it can treat.

The Recommended Age for Lasik Surgery:

Although there is no set age limit for Lasik eye surgeries, most providers generally recommend that patients be at least 18 years of age for Lasik eye surgery. This is the most common age where the prescription of the eye has become relatively stable.

Yet it’s important to remember that if patients have laser surgery and the prescription changes in the future, additional surgery can be performed that can mitigate the change in the eye. In rare cases, Lasik has been performed on children who suffer from severe vision problems, and even the extremely elderly.

Although there is no set age limit, practitioners will work with you to determine the best timing for Lasik surgery for your specific case.

The most common age for Lasik falls between the ages of 20 and 40. Having a stable prescription for at least two years is often required as proof before anyone, regardless of his or her age, is deemed a good candidate for Lasik. Once a stable prescription is maintained, a patient is an ideal candidate for Lasik – but every case is unique.

Presbyopia or Far sightedness:

Once a person reaches the age of 40, their eyes start to evolve again. This is why many people need reading glasses around this age due to a condition known as presbyopia. Presbyopia is also known as farsightedness, and is caused by a loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, occurring typically in middle and old age.

Somewhere around age 60, our eyes start to change yet again. This is when a heavy risk of cataracts develops, and with each passing year that risk increases. Some lucky individuals will reach the age of 70 or 80 with no cataracts developing at all – maintaining otherwise healthy eyes.

Yet despite being outside the common age range for Lasik, these individuals can still be good candidates for laser eye surgery. In some cases, it can be possible that a 70-year-old without cataracts or other eye illnesses is actually a better candidate than a 30-year-old with dry eyes and suffering from diabetes. Age provides a guideline and an influence on an individual’s candidature for Lasik, but it is by no means a strict boundary.

If you are in relatively good health, have a stable eye prescription and are considering Lasik, talk to a laser vision correction provider today to assess your eligibility. That is, if you need to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure, you can undergo a free lasik consultation– it could be the first step you take to an entirely new life.



Allen Harper

Allen Harper has been in the health industry since 1990. He has had splendid experiences working in the field of health. He specializes on fat injection treatment and other skin rejuvenation treatments. Born and brought up in Toronto city, Allen Harper completed his graduation in the same field at the university of Western Ontario.

Allen Harper

Allen Harper has been in the health industry since 1990. He has had splendid experiences working in the field of health. He specializes on fat injection treatment and other skin rejuvenation treatments. Born and brought up in Toronto city, Allen Harper completed his graduation in the same field at the university of Western Ontario.

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ChristopherHowell1 5pts

When I got LASIK I was just a teen and was extremely grateful that I was able to get it. LASIK is really the best thing ever though, its super awesome and it works one hundred percent. I think any age really does work, but there is a time when you just are too old to get something like that. http://www.myeyespecialist.com.au/about-us/ 

emilysmith47876 5pts

Thank you for the tips on when I should get LASIK. It makes sense that when your eye prescription is stable, that is the best time to get LASIK. If you do it before then, your vision might just get worse again because your optical prescription isn't stable. My prescription has been stable for about a year now. Maybe I will qualify for LASIK. 


JamesSimon1 5pts

Has anyone else heard of teenagers having this procedure done? It's not a very common thing, but I think that teenagers are more likely than anyone else to want the procedure. Glasses may be making a comeback, but there's still a bit of a stigma surrounding having them that goes through the younger school grades. Correcting that poor eyesight as soon as possible is probably what they want.


jacksonheatheranne 5pts

My sister recently had a retinal procedure done on her eyes. My mom explained to me that women who have gotten lasik surgery done, and then get pregnant after; she said the pregnancy can revert the lasik procedure. Is this true? She said that many women wait until they are done having children get the procedure done, for this reason. http://www.newvisioneyecenter.com/cfiles/procedures_retina.cfm 

JohnnyShi1 5pts

I didn't know that you had to have a prescription for at least two years before getting lasik. My plan was to get lasik as soon as I needed glasses. I guess there will have to be a time that  I do wear glasses. http://www.classiceyeweartoday.com/en/

lillysedrick 5pts

It seems like laser vision correction would be a really great way to be able to get your vision back. However, having a procedure like this done can be really scary. That is why it is so important for you to find a good eye doctor that you can trust and rely on. You want to make sure that during the procedure you feel safe and comfortable. I can definitely see why something like this would be recommended for people that are 18 and older.


JordanJohnson2 5pts

I would have been surprised if there was a hard limit for someone's age in order to get lasik. I'm glad that people are required to have a valid prescription for glasses for two years before they even have the option of lasik. That keeps people with sudden eye problems from jumping the gun and going straight for lasik.  http://www.glassesfree.com/chicago/lasik-laser-vision-correction.htm

tedsmith575 5pts

Thank you for the recommended age for getting lasik eye surgery. My wife would like to get lasik because her eye prescription hasn't changed that much over the years. It looks like she falls into the age range for getting lasik. I will have to tell her. Thank you so much again for this information.

quintrent13 5pts

That is good to know that it is recommended that people get lasik after they are 18 years of age. With this being the age when your prescription has become relatively stable, makes it a more effective time to get this procedure done. That way you know that you will benefit from getting it done and know that it will help you out. You do not have to worry about it not setting in or taking affect.

kelseyhiggins 5pts

I hadn't even thought about how your eyes can so drastically change as you age. My little sister has been begging for lasik to fix her eyesight, though she is only sixteen so my parents are hesitant to let her. Maybe I should suggest to her that she wait a few more years in case her condition changes any. http://www.centerforsports.com 

James Lisbon
James Lisbon 5pts

Allen, it was interesting to see that there is not an official age for getting lasik surgery.  However, the part where you mentioned being at least 18 years of age makes sense.   Lasik can supposedly help someone's eyes, but your eyes would probably have to be fully matured I would think. http://www.northtorontoeyecare.com/services/lasik/ 

JordanJohnson2 5pts

Given that everyone in my family has eye-sight problems in their early 40s, I would have thought that these problems always happen at about that time. Evidently, my family just has bad vision genes. I'm grateful at least that I live in today's day and age, in which I can get my inevitable problems fixed.  http://www.marioneye.com/lasik-institute/

Rose Nickelson
Rose Nickelson 5pts

Lasik eye surgery has been something that I have been wanting to get for so long. I have had to wear glasses since I was in elementary school and it can get pretty annoying having to wear something to help you see all the time. My only problem is that my prescription hasn't stabilized yet. Do you know any tips on how best to get your eye prescription to stabilize?


Ashkar Hassan
Ashkar Hassan 5pts

Never recommend lasik surgery... I'm suffering from its side effects.. The eye dryness it creates is like hell!! I'm spending like 5 thousand every month to maintain lubrication in my eyes via siddha!!