Am I Too Old for LASIK?

July 20, 2021 — by Thomas Byrd, MD
Tags: Lasik

Patient’s inner cornea is reviewed before LASIKIndividuals choose LASIK eye surgery as a way to improve vision without the need for corrective lenses. Age is a factor for LASIK eye surgery candidacy. You must be older than 18 to qualify. There is not a maximum age for LASIK, but there are specific factors that may disqualify you for the treatment.

At Byrd & Wyandotte Eye Clinic, Dr. Thomas Byrd and our ophthalmology team commit to expert-level treatment and care. We offer a supportive and relaxing environment at our Wyandotte office serving Detroit, MI, Dearborn Heights, MI, and Lincoln Park, MI.

Qualifying Factors

With LASIK, complications are rare and 95 percent of patients are satisfied with their results. If you are generally healthy and have stable vision, LASIK eye surgery may be a suitable option for you.

Overall Wellness

Before performing LASIK, Dr. Byrd will perform an inclusive comprehensive exam and review your medical history to check for risk factors. LASIK patients must be healthy enough to withstand the procedure and recovery. If you have not been diagnosed with diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and other general health problems, which are common in older patients, you may still qualify for LASIK if these conditions are under control. 

Pre-existing eye conditions that could affect candidacy include: 

  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Keratoconus
  • Corneal Disease
  • Amblyopia

Vision Stability

Prior to surgery, LASIK patients must have a stable prescription for at least one year. Prescription stability is established as one diopter or less of a variation in prescription over the previous 12 months. Minor variances should not represent instability that would hinder you from receiving LASIK eye surgery.

Disqualifying Factors

LASIK eye surgery may mean no more glasses or contacts, but it’s not right for everyone.

Eye Injury

Before receiving LASIK, we must treat eye injuries and infections before performing LASIK. For some patients, these previous eye conditions could preclude them from being a good candidate for LASIK.

Irregular Cornea

The cornea is the clear surface layer of the eye that engulfs the anterior chamber, iris, and pupil. We will inspect the cornea to measure proportions and texture while considering if LASIK is right for you. Thick and smooth corneas are ideal. If your cornea is too thin or has an irregular texture, this can result in your vision regressing post-surgery.

Large Pupils

The average pupil is 5mm. Large pupils are associated with an increased risk for LASIK complications, like:

  • Overcorrection 
  • Blurry Vision 
  • Poor Night Vision

Exclusive Contact Lens Wearers

If you wear contact lenses daily, you will not be allowed to wear them for a specified period prior to LASIK. Simply switch to glasses during this time.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

If you still desire freedom from glasses and contacts, call (734) 284-2444 or contact us online to schedule your LASIK consultation. 

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