How Are LASIK and Patient Age Connected?

LASIK and Age - Pomona, NY

May 6, 2017 @ 09:00 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Eye Care |

A laser focused on a patient’s cornea prior to LASIK surgeryAt Palisades Laser Eye Center, one of the questions Dr. Richard Gordon is most commonly asked by patients is whether there is an age limit associated with LASIK surgery. While patients under the age of 18 are precluded from undergoing LASIK due to the fact that their eyes have most likely not fully developed yet, there is no upper age limit for LASIK patients. As long as a patient is otherwise qualified to undergo LASIK surgery, his or her age doesn’t really come into play in terms of determining candidacy.

However, when discussing LASIK and age during consultations at his Pomona, NY eye care practice, Dr. Gordon is careful to inform older patients that age can influence LASIK results. Seniors are prone to certain eye conditions, including cataracts, which must be taken into consideration as Dr. Gordon advises them of their treatment options.

Are you a good candidate for LASIK? To find out for yourself, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Richard Gordon at Palisades Laser Eye Center today.

LASIK and Patients in Their Late Teens

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the excimer laser for in LASIK surgery for patients aged 18 and older. This is because most people’s eyes have fully developed by the age of 18. Fully developed eyes are one of the minimum criteria for LASIK candidacy.

This does not mean that everyone who has reached the age of 18 has fully developed eyes. Indeed, Dr. Gordon carefully examines the eyes of all of his younger patients who wish to undergo LASIK to ensure that their eyes have fully matured before allowing them to proceed with surgery. Some patients’ eyes don’t reach full maturity until they are in their early 20s. If Dr. Gordon feels that a certain patient would be better off waiting a year or two before undergoing LASIK, he will advise him or her accordingly.

While undergoing LASIK before the eyes have reached full maturity will not necessarily damage a patient’s vision, it is possible that the results he or she achieved through LASIK will be undone by the further development of his or her eyes.

LASIK and Senior Patients

As stated above, age alone does not prevent patients from undergoing LASIK. Indeed, Dr. Gordon has performed LASIK on patients in their 60s and 70s with excellent results. However, senior patients must have healthy eyes, free from disease and age-related vision conditions such as macular degeneration. Patients with cataracts should have them removed prior to LASIK, even if their cataracts aren’t yet causing vision problems. These patients might find that the replacement of their natural lenses with premium multifocal intraocular lenses, or IOLs, improves their unaided vision to the point that LASIK surgery is unnecessary.

Learn More about LASIK Surgery and Patient Age

If you would like to learn more about the relationship between LASIK surgery and patient age, or you wish to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Richard Gordon, please contact Palisades Laser Eye Center today.