How Old is “Too Old” for LASIK?

Of all the myths about LASIK eye surgery, one of the most common is, “I’m too young for LASIK.” In reality, most people reach ocular maturity – the vision milestone when their eyes are done developing and their prescription stabilizes – at about age 18. After ocular maturity, it is unlikely that you will experience any significant change in your prescription. At this point, long-term vision correction solutions like LASIK, PRK, or SMILE become great solutions.

But what about advanced age? When is someone “too old” for LASIK? As you may have heard, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones had LASIK in 2012, at the age of 69. However, as with most things in his life, Keith was not the average.

Vision After 40 – What Vision Correction Procedure Is Right For Me?

LASIK is a powerful tool in the quest for good vision, and may be used selectively at almost any age, at the discretion of a laser vision correction surgeon. However, the likelihood that LASIK will be the best solution for a patient declines after the age of about 43.

The reason for this is that in our mid-40s, the lens on the inside of the eye begins to experience changes. These changes to the crystalline lens lead to near vision deterioration and are the first sign of dysfunctional lens syndrome (DLS). DLS increases in severity over time if left untreated.

For many people 43 and older, a near vision correction solution like a corneal inlay may be best. A corneal inlay may be combined with LASIK or PRK to correct both near and distance vision. Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) also becomes an option, and is highly likely to be recommended for someone 50 or older.

 

The RLE vision correction procedure is a long-term solution in which the eye’s degrading natural lens is removed and replaced with an advanced technological lens. This advanced lens is biocompatible and corrects for clear near, intermediate, and distance vision. RLE has the added benefit of stopping the progression of DLS, and preventing any future cataract development.

So there you have it! While there is no magical number at which a person becomes “too old for LASIK”, there are other solutions that are likely to be a better match for them as time progresses.

The RLE vision correction procedure is a long-term solution in which the eye’s degrading natural lens is removed and replaced with an advanced technological lens. This advanced lens is biocompatible and corrects for clear near, intermediate, and distance vision. RLE has the added benefit of stopping the progression of DLS, and preventing any future cataract development.

While there is no magical age when a person becomes “too old for LASIK,” there are other solutions that are likely to be a better match over time.

How to Find Out Which Laser Vision Correction Solution Is Right For You

Though vision problems are part of the aging process, there is no need to settle for blurry vision. Quality of life need not be compromised in your golden years. With today’s technology and the expertise of our vision correction surgeons, nobody is ever too old to be considered for vision correction. In fact, there are seven laser vision correction procedures – which means most people will qualify for a procedure to help them, no matter their age.

When considering laser vision correction, it is important to have a consultation with a vision correction specialist. If possible, select a vision correction surgeon who specializes in all vision correction procedures available today. At Kugler Vision, we specialize in all seven vision correction procedures, and your care recommendations will be customized to best meet your specific visual needs.

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9 Comments

Jay

I’m 68 yrs old I have an astigmatism in both eyes, I also have floated in my eyes. Is LASIK surgery right for mw?

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Gerri Raymond

I am in good health at nearly 68 years old
I really want to get Lasik surgery again as it worked for me for so many years. But just from phone calls (no exam) I have bern told they do not except patients over 65. Why??

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Lance Kugler, MD

Hi Gerri. I am happy to hear that you have had many years of clear vision after LASIK. That’s great! However, it sounds like you’re now experiencing some vision changes. This is something that happens to all of us, starting in our mid-forties and gradually progressing over time. Your LASIK didn’t wear off. These changes in vision are due to changes to the eye’s lens. It’s a different part than the part that LASIK treats and these lens changes are a natural part of the aging process.

I don’t know where you called, but it’s very likely that the establishment was not a provider who specializes in all types of modern vision correction available. LASIK is one of seven treatments currently available to help provide crisp, clear vision without glasses and contacts– but LASIK can not reverse the effects of these after 40s vision changes. I’d encourage you to contact a practice that specializes in after 40s vision changes, and changes in near vision. Ask about Refractive Lens Exchange, and also get evaluated to see if there is any early cataract development.

Thank you for reading, and feel free to reach out if you have any other questions!

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Pauline Bischoff

I was 76 when I had my surgery. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!!!! Has been wonderful!!

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Lance Kugler, MD

That’s so wonderful to hear Pauline! I am happy you’re enjoying your vision.

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