Can You Be Too Old for LASIK?
One benefit of having LASIK performed when you are younger is that there are more years to enjoy the benefit of improved vision, the eyes tend to heal quicker and stabilize faster, and there are fewer side effects with things such as dry eyes. There are also fewer problems with reading vision than in older patients.
At first LASIK seemed to be most popular with an older demographic of average age around late 30s or early 40s but now we are seeing many more patients in their 20s who have discovered the benefits of laser vision correction.
For patients in their 30s or 40s, LASIK is a wonderful procedure, but special consideration must be given to the management of presbyopia (need for reading glasses after 40).
For patients in their 50s and 60s, LASIK is still safe and effective, but other factors, such as possible cataracts, that start appearing at this age, must be evaluated. If you suffer from a cataract, LASIK will not improve vision and cataract surgery should be considered.
It is not uncommon for patients to undergo LASIK in their 70s and 80s as an enhancement for premium cataract surgery.
If you would like more information about LASIK, contact Wright Vision Center at 605-718-5123 or wrightvisioncenter.com. Dr. Wright has helped thousands of patients in Rapid City achieve optimal vision and freedom from glasses and contacts and would love to help you also.]]>