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Am I Too Old for LASIK Surgery?

You need to be over the age of 18 to be eligible for LASIK surgery, as your vision needs time to stabilize. However, it’s a common misconception that there’s an upper age limit for LASIK surgery. 

That said, aging increases your risk of conditions that could interfere with your suitability to the procedure. Our expert optometrists and ophthalmologists at Paragon Eye Associates have extensive training and experience with LASIK, and we want you to know more about these conditions.

Age-related issues that affect LASIK eligibility

As you age, your risk of certain eye diseases increases. One of the requirements for LASIK is good eye health, and an age-related eye disease could interfere with your plans to take off your glasses for the last time. Some of the conditions that could eliminate your LASIK eligibility include:

Cataracts

Over 24.4 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts. As you age, your risk of cataracts increases even more — half of adults have cataracts by the time they’re 75. Cataracts form when the proteins in the lenses in your eyes start to break down. The fragments then clump together, clouding your vision. 

Cataracts typically develop slowly. While many people begin to get them in their 40s, they might not have any related vision impairment until their 60s. We can usually correct the visual impairment of cataracts with corrective lenses, but eventually, you might need lens replacement surgery. 

The good news? Lens replacement surgery can often correct refractive errors, so you don’t need to wear glasses or contact lenses. 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. The disease increases the pressure in your eyeballs, which can damage your optic nerve. More than 2.7 million Americans over the age of 40 have open-angle glaucoma, the most common type of the disease. 

Macular degeneration

Your macula is the part of your retina that provides your central vision. As you age, your macula can break down, interfering with your ability to see what’s in front of you. Macular degeneration can make it difficult to see people’s faces, read, and drive. 

What if I need bifocal lenses

Presbyopia is another age-related eye change. Presbyopia is a refractive error that develops as the lenses in your eyes become less flexible, which can reduce your ability to focus on objects that are close to you, like your phone or a book. 

Presbyopia isn’t a disease, but LASIK can’t correct this problem. LASIK reshapes your cornea — it doesn’t correct problems with your lenses. However, other corrective eye surgeries might still be able to improve your vision. 

At Paragon Eye Associates, we offer comprehensive exams to determine if LASIK is the best option to correct your vision.  

If you want to find out if you’re eligible for the procedure, call our offices in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, or send a message to our team to schedule your LASIK consultation today.

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