Frequent question: Is LASIK bad at 21?

LASIK is an FDA approved procedure for people older than 18, but Bansal recommends patients wait until they are around age 21 and out of school before having LASIK or any form of corrective surgery. After this age, the eyes change more minimally and the benefits of LASIK are more likely to last longer.

Can I do LASIK at 21?

The US FDA has approved the use of LASIK for those over 18 years. Many doctors may ask you to wait for an additional couple of years, to ensure that your refraction is stable. It is because a person’s prescription does not usually change after eighteen years of age.

Is 22 a good age for LASIK?

The best candidates for LASIK should be at least 22 years old with stable vision. Your prescription must have remained stable for at least one year. You need to be free of eye injuries, infections, and diseases.

Does LASIK surgery give you 20 20?

During a LASIK procedure, a laser is used to change the shape of one or both corneas to improve vision. According to the American Refractive Surgery Council, more than 90% of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better after 2 to 3 months of post-surgery recovery.

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Can you go blind from LASIK?

LASIK surgery itself does not cause blindness, and most cases of LASIK complications are avoidable by following aftercare procedures set forth by your surgeon. If you notice anything out of the ordinary or anything alarming after your LASIK surgery, contact an ophthalmologist immediately.

Is LASIK worth it at 19?

But there’s no set age for LASIK. Most providers won’t perform LASIK on those under 18 because eyes tend to keep changing into early adulthood. But laser eye surgery has been performed on children (with severe vision problems) and octogenarians alike. These are outliers to most cases.

Why do you have to be 21 for LASIK?

Children and teenagers generally have refractive instability as they grow. Refractive errors are caused by the shape of the eye, which can change as the head grows. Unless extraordinary circumstances exist, LASIK is unavailable for patients under age 18.

Does LASIK last forever?

There is a myth that LASIK, after 10 years, wears off. But, LASIK is permanent. LASIK permanently corrects the vision prescription that you have at the time of surgery. This means that it cannot wear off.

Can you do LASIK twice?

A second procedure is necessary if refractive errors were not corrected during LASIK. If a second procedure has been deemed necessary, another flap will be created. Most surgeons won’t perform a second LASIK procedure unless it’s 5-10 years after LASIK.

Is LASIK Worth the Risk?

The possible benefits of LASIK surgery may not justify the risks. You have fairly good (overall) vision. If you see well enough to need contacts or glasses only part of the time, improvement from the surgery may not be worth the risks.

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What percentage of LASIK is successful?

The latest research reports 99 percent of patients achieve better than 20/40 vision and more than 90 percent achieve 20/20 or better. In addition, LASIK has an unprecedented 96 percent patient satisfaction rate – the highest of any elective procedure.

How much does LASIK cost?

On average, LASIK costs range between $2,000 to $3,000 per eye and is not covered by insurance because the procedure is deemed cosmetic or elective. LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a popular eye surgery that corrects vision in people who are farsighted, nearsighted, or have astigmatism.

Is LASIK safer than contacts?

The information tells us that contact lenses are not always a safer choice than LASIK surgery. Both contact lenses and LASIK are very safe, although there is a small risk of complications from both of them.

Is LASIK painful?

Fortunately, LASIK eye surgery is not painful. Right before your procedure, your surgeon will place numbing eye drops into both of your eyes. While you may still feel a little bit of pressure during the procedure, you should not feel any pain.

How long are you blind after LASIK?

Most patients see clearly within 24 hours after vision correction surgery, but others take two to five days to recover. Some patients may experience some blurred vision and fluctuations in their vision for several weeks after LASIK. Immediately after LASIK eye surgery, all Austin patients will experience blurry vision.