Can I still have LASIK in my 50s and 60s?
Candidacy for LASIK surgery is typically not dependent upon age, but upon the stability and health of the eye. While the minimum age for LASIK surgery is 18 years old, there is technically no age limit for laser vision correction. However, there are certain requirements that any patient must meet in order to be determined a good candidate for the procedure.
First, your vision must be stable. In other words, your vision prescription must remain the same for a year or more for you to be eligible for the procedure. Second, your eyes must be in good health. Patients with cataracts or with refractive errors that are too severe to be corrected with LASIK procedures would not be eligible for the surgery. Also, in some cases, patients may be at an age where the potential for developing cataracts is greater, making it advisable for some patients to consider an alternative procedure such as Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or to wait until after they have had cataract surgery. However, our LASIK surgeons frequently treat patients in their 50s, 60s, and beyond as long as they meet the standard requirements for candidacy. Your overall health is usually the best determining factor—not age.
It is important to note that LASIK is designed to correct vision at one distance – so if you opt to have LASIK to correct your distance vision, you will likely still need to wear reading glasses after surgery. Many patients elect to have monovision LASIK, correcting one eye for distance and one eye for reading. Alternative options for vision correction surgery that may be better suited for patients in their 50s and 60s include the KAMRA™ corneal inlay or Refractive Lens Exchange. Your surgeon will be able to evaluate your eyes’ health and vision goals at a consultation.
To learn more about LASIK surgery, or to make an appointment at The Eye Institute of Utah, please contact us today.