LASIK: When Is the Right Time?

One of the most frequently questions asked by people who are curious about having LASIK in Orlando is whether or not they are of the appropriate age to have LASIK performed. Magruder Laser Vision wants you to know that while the FDA has approved LASIK for patients aged 18 and older, everyone’s vision is as different as they are. A consultation with Dr. Michael J. Shumski will help you decide if you are a good candidate and when the time is right for your LASIK procedure.

Age: 18-39

For nearsighted people, who can see close but not far without their glasses, the prescription typically worsens through the teen years. At some point, typically between 17 and 23, the vision stops changing. This plateau is called ocular maturity, and these people are likely to have stable prescriptions whether they have surgery or not. Very small changes are generally not important to determining stability, unless they add up to a trend. LASIK performed at the beginning of ocular maturity has the most positive economic impact. This is because you are unlikely to need contacts can glasses for a long time, usually into your 40’s. It’s an amazing thing for patients who have worn glasses or contact lenses since childhood to be able to pitch them and have hassle-free vision for the next 20 years, and in many cases, even longer.

Age: 40 - 59

This approximately 20-year window of stable vision typically spans the age range from the mid-20s until age 40 when our eyes begin to change yet again and reading glasses are on the imminent horizon. Presbyopia, or Dysfunctional Lens Syndrome (DLS) Stage I, can be corrected by LASIK with the option of monovision. Monovision is a laser procedure in which one eye is corrected for seeing distance while the other eye is corrected for near vision. Another procedure for DLS/presbyopia is Refractive Lens Exchange.

Age: 60 and older

The age of 60 brings many people closer to the risk of developing cataracts, while others don’t develop them until well into their 70s and 80s. Patients in any of these age groups who exhibit no other eye health issues and are in good physical health may still be considered good candidates for LASIK. The bottom line is that each person’s eye health is a unique situation that must be professionally evaluated for the appropriateness of corrective laser surgery.

Knowing when the time is right for your eyes, and if you are a viable candidate for LASIK, is the number one priority at Magruder Laser Vision. Dr. Shumski is here to personally meet with you to address any concerns you might have about your eye health and whether LASIK is the right choice for you. Magruder Laser Vision should be your first choice when considering your vision and eye health. Reserve your complimentary consulatation online or call us at 407-843-5665 for more information.

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