The Right Age for LASIK Eye Surgery #lasik By William Goldstein on December 06, 2013

LASIK eye surgery is a safe and effective treatment for a number of vision problems like nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and complications related to blurry vision not dependent on distance (astigmatism). LASIK eye surgery Detroit is increasingly used to treat individuals suffering from these problems. According to ophthalmologists, the ideal age for LASIK eye surgery Detroit is between 18 and 40, in patients whose eyes are stable and free of ocular disease.


Under 18


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any eye surgery which involve lasers for use on individuals under 18 years of age. A partial reason for this is the probability of prescription instability in young people's eyes, which means that any kind of vision correction would probably have to be re-treated. Another reason is that the FDA prefers surgeries with permanent results to be performed only on adults who are capable to make an informed decision. However, a few doctors recommend LASIK eye surgery Detroit for cases of lazy eye (amblyopia) due to a large amount of far or nearsightedness in children.


In the 20s


LASIK eye surgery Detroit doctors recommend that the 20s could be the best time to get the surgery done. But some people still have refractive instability in this age line. This can be due to the eyes still developing or imbalance of hormones in the patient. Most women are stable by their early 20's, men in their mid 20's.


In the 30s


Refractive stability is generally achieved by individuals in the 30s age group. This makes it an ideal time for LASIK eye surgery Detroit. Exceptions in this case may happen if an individual has diabetes, has suffered a prior injury to the eye or is a keratoconus sufferer.


In the 40s and older


Usually people in their 40s are good candidates for LASIK eye surgery Detroit if the prescription for corrective lens has been constant for a year or more. These patients need to be aware that they will begin to need reading glasses in their 40's, so they will not be completely free of glasses.


Other issues may also cloud the chance of surgery as the potential patient gets older. Cataracts are common in elderly people and take the form of clouding the lens of a person's eye. The only viable treatment for this condition is the removal of natural lens and substituting it with a different one.

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William S. Goldstein, MD, has been practicing laser eye surgery since 1991. He was one of the first doctors to offer advanced eye care in all of Michigan and is a member of several prestigious organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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