LASIK surgery from Moretsky Cassidy LASIK can be a good choice for young adults who meet certain qualifications.
Are your early twenties too soon for LASIK surgery? Most providers encourage young adults to wait until their early 20s because, until this time, a person’s prescription may still be changing. Having a stable prescription for at least two years is often required as proof before anyone, young or old, is deemed a good candidate for LASIK surgery. But why is this important, and what are the other requirements?
If you get LASIK before your prescription is stable, you will end up wearing corrective lenses later. That’s why it’s so important for your prescription to stay the same for at least a year, preferably two. So, even though LASIK surgery is FDA approved for people 18 and older, it’s really dependent on the individual’s prescription.
Another requirement for LASIK qualification is good health. First, of course, your eyes must be healthy, free from conditions like conjunctivitis or infection. Severe dry eyes can be aggravated by LASIK surgery, so if you have symptoms of dry eye, discuss this with your doctor before surgery. The condition may be able to be successfully treated, and then LASIK surgery can proceed. If you have cataracts or glaucoma, however, these problems will prevent you from being a good candidate for LASIK. Additionally, health concerns that aren’t specific to the eyes can interfere with your ability to qualify for LASIK surgery. Contraindications can include degenerative conditions or uncontrolled autoimmune diseases; if your body has trouble healing, there’s a higher risk that your LASIK surgery will have an unsatisfactory outcome.
The third thing your surgeon will determine before approving you for LASIK surgery is if your prescription is not too high. Whether your high prescription is due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, it may cause your surgical outcome to be less predictable, which means it may not be safe or worth the cost. Other factors come into play as well, such as the thickness of your cornea and the size of your pupils, so the best way to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate is to consult with a reliable and experienced surgeon.
The most common age range for LASIK surgery is 20-50, but as long as you meet the requirements for a successful procedure, age doesn’t really matter. For anyone, from young adults to those in their senior years, Moretsky Cassidy LASIK can help improve vision and reduce or even eliminate the need for corrective lenses. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and stop into our offices to schedule an examination before your surgery.