Lasik and Patients’ Age
Lasik surgery is chosen by millions of people because of its proven safety and efficacy in enhancing eyesight. Dr. William Boothe says that the most appropriate candidates for the laser vision correction should be at least 18 years of age. Nevertheless many parents wonder if Lasik would be as efficacious on their children.
Children and Teens
Performing Lasik on children or teenagers is not recommended by Dr. William Boothe as well as by most other eye surgeons. At the same time, extreme cases may be considered as exceptions to the rule. Children and teenagers’ eyes are not completely developed until the age of 18 (in some cases eyes continue to develop until the age of 21). Since teen eyes will often be slightly changing every few weeks or months, Lasik vision correction would only provide a temporary enhancement to their eyesight. In fact, a child or a teenager who has Lasik done will find the results to be temporary and will possibly need another corrective surgery in the future. Because of these facts, the FDA has not approved the procedure for people under the age of 18. Furthermore, most eye surgeons recommend that a patient’s vision must be stable for more than a year before undergoing LASIK surgery.
People in their 30’s and 40’s should consider that their eyesight may face conditions that sometimes cannot be treated with Lasik vision correction, such as presbyopia (this eye disorder results in blurry vision because of age-related stiffening of the eye lens). One of the first effective surgical options for presbyopia correction involved producing what is known as “monovision” during Lasik, according to Dr. William Boothe. Another ways of correcting presbyopia is an intraocular lens implantation (for example, the Boothe Eye Care Center offers its patients the technologies such as Verisyse™ and Crystalens™) and conductive keratoplasty, which also have been approved by the FDA and gives eye surgeons an additional option to correct this common vision problem. Your eye surgeon will help you decide which vision correction procedure is right for you.
It is important to point out that Lasik is not the best option for older people who may experience age-related conditions such as cataracts, as they cannot be treated with this type of laser vision correction. A cataract is an opacity that clouds the natural lens inside the eye and is a common cause of eyesight loss and blindness among older people. Many patients consider having cataract surgery to replace the natural lens of the eye. The ReZoom™ intraocular lens technology that is offered at the Boothe Eye Care and Laser Center in Plano is considered as perfect option for people with this eye condition.