At What Age Can You Get LASIK Surgery?

LASIK & Cataract Surgeons serving Gurnee, River Forest & Chicago

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Hundreds of thousands of Americans get LASIK every year to overcome the daily hassles of wearing glasses and contacts. Dr. Kent Kirk and his team at the Kirk Eye Center have performed thousands of LASIK surgeries. The procedure has become an incredibly popular method of long-term vision correction -- once you reach adulthood and your eyes stop developing.

Why You Have To Wait Until You're 18, And Possibly Older

Your eyes are your least mature organ at birth and are one of your last organs to fully develop. That means your eyes could be developed at age 18, or they could keep maturing into your early 20s.

So, if you get LASIK before your eyes are fully developed, your vision could still change as your organs continue to mature. That means you'd likely need another procedure once your eyes have stopped growing.

For that reason, Dr. Kirk requires LASIK patients to be at least 18 years old and have had stable vision -- that is, no prescription changes -- for at least two years prior to surgery. When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Kirk and his staff will conduct a thorough battery of tests to make sure you're a good candidate, including:

  • Going through your history with glasses and contacts
  • Measurement of prescription for refractive errors
  • Dry eye test
  • Measurement of pupil size
  • Dilation of your eye to see your retina
  • Total evaluation of your eye health
  • Measurement of the thickness of your cornea

Can You Be Too Old For LASIK?

If you have healthy eyes, you're never too old for LASIK, and the procedure is becoming increasingly popular among senior citizens. If you don't have eye issues like cataracts, glaucoma or keratoconus, you could be a LASIK candidate at any age.

There are even procedures like monovision LASIK that can especially benefit older patients. Monovision LASIK is designed to correct presbyopia, or the age-related decline in close vision that typically onsets around age 40 and leads many people to get reading glasses as they get older. The procedure involves correcting one eye to see close objects and the other eye to see distant objects. Your brain then adapts the functions of each eye depending on the distance of what you're looking at.

If you're at the age where you could be a candidate for monovision LASIK, Dr. Kirk and his staff will run additional tests using special contact lenses to ensure your brain can adjust to the different functions of each eye.

Schedule Your LASIK Consultation Today

Dr. Kirk and his team have performed LASIK surgeries on patients in the Chicago area for decades. The experienced and dedicated staff at the Kirk Eye Center will be with you every step of the way to ensure your LASIK procedure goes well and you get the vision you've always wanted, without the hassles of glasses and contacts.

To schedule a consultation, call (708) 397-8114 today.