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Posted on 06-19-2015

Who is a good candidate for LASIK correction?

LASIK is an appropriate vision correction option for both nearsightedness and farsightedness, and astigmatism associated with either vision challenge.

The maximum treatment varies based on an individual patient’s vision, age, eye health and other important factors. Some doctors consider 8 diopters of myopia the maximum, while others set the threshold as high as 14 diopters. Correction is appropriate for approximately 6 diopters of astigmatism.

The primary consideration is often corneal thickness. However, near the top of the list of determing factors is whether or not the eyes are changing between annual exams.

How old do I have to be to have LASIK?

The natural aging process plays a significant role in determining who is a candidate for LASIK. Performing the procedure too early could mean your eyes will continue to change as you reach maturity and the positive benefits will be lost.

Although treatment can be performed on minor patients with parental consent, the procedure is FDA approved for people 18 years of age and older. Most providers recommend waiting until 20, or even 25, to allow the eyes to fully develop. LASIK doesn’t stop vision changes from continuing.  

How do I know if I should wait a year or two?

A comprehensive evaluation and a review of examination records for a two- to three-year period will give the eye doctor information to make a solid recommendation. Typically, vision changes stop progressing in the later teen years. Your prescription may stabilize at age 18, or it may take a few more years for your vision to reach maturity. Having a stable prescription for at least two years is a sign you may be a good candidate for the procedure.

If you are wondering if you are a good candidate, schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye health evaluation.

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