When it comes to improving your overall quality of vision, more and more people are turning to laser vision correction and LASIK surgery in particular. Thanks to LASIK, millions of people the world over now experience exceptional vision without the need for corrective lenses. That's correct: with LASIK, you can see just fine without glasses or contacts.
With this in mind, we receive many questions from teenagers and young adults about LASIK surgery and if it would be right for them. Let's take a moment right now to consider candidacy for LASIK among young patients. The facts about these matters may surprise you.
About LASIK Surgery
Some basics about LASIK surgery first. LASIK is a refractive procedure that is performed in order to reshape the cornea, the clear, frontal portion of the eyes. This helps improve the way that light passes through the eyes en route to the retina, thus correcting myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
Can teenagers undergo LASIK surgery?
No. LASIK is actually a poor option for vision correction for teenage patients. In fact, some young adults may not even be ideal candidates for LASIK surgery.
Why is this the case?
Two important considerations for LASIK surgery involve the maturity of the eyes as well as the stability of a person's prescription.
Teenagers and young adults are still growing, meaning that the eyes may not be fully developed. Performed LASIK too early would be a poor idea since a corrective procedure might be required later in life once the eyes have fully matured.
With regard to a stable glasses prescription, patients really should have the same prescription for at least a year in order to qualify for LASIK. This also ensures optimal vision correction without the need for corrective surgeries later on. Since teenagers and young adults are still growing, fluctuations in prescription may occur.
When will a young patient be eligible for LASIK surgery?
Ideal candidates for LASIK surgery are over the age of 18 and have had stable vision for at least a year. Given these stipulations, the best age for LASIK can vary from patient to patient, so it's important to meet with our team to go over your situation and what requirements need to be met.
Note that there are other conditions that may prevent a person from being eligible for LASIK, such as corneal thickness, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and issues with dry eye syndrome. A full assessment of LASIK eligibility will take place during your consultation.
Alternatives to LASIK Surgery for Teenage Patients
For teenagers and young adults, the best option for vision correction is usually corrective lenses (i.e., glasses and contacts). Using corrective lenses does not affect the corneas or the parts of the eyes, which makes them a conservative option to consider.
Learn More About Advanced Vision Correction Treatment
If you would like to learn more about LASIK surgery and whether or not you are an ideal candidate for care, be sure to contact our Toronto laser vision correction practice today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible vision and overall eye health.