Can I get LASIK if im 16?
LASIK has been performed on younger patients down to the age of 16 with stable results when pre-operative testing is stellar and thorough. Pretty much everyone in refractive surgery agrees, however, that 16 is too young to get LASIK.
What is the youngest age for LASIK surgery?
Age Qualifications for LASIK
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), LASIK is only for patients aged 18 and older. There are currently no lasers approved for anyone younger than 18.
Can I do LASIK at 17?
The US FDA has approved the use of LASIK for those over 18 years. Many doctors may ask you to wait for an additional couple of years, to ensure that your refraction is stable. It is because a person’s prescription does not usually change after eighteen years of age.
Does LASIK last forever?
But, LASIK is permanent. LASIK permanently corrects the vision prescription that you have at the time of surgery. This means that it cannot wear off. However, any underlying conditions such as presbyopia that progress over time can cause changes to your vision, making the original LASIK procedure less effective.
How many times can you get LASIK?
Lasik can be performed more than once, but more than three treatments may be harmful to your health and could be fruitless in the end by causing even more severe vision problems.
How bad do your eyes have to be to get LASIK?
The average refractive prescription that qualifies for laser eye surgery is: Nearsighted ness up to -8.0 diopters. Astigmatism up to -3.0 diopters. Nearsightedness with astigmatism up to -9.0 diopters.
Is minus 3 eyesight bad?
If the number has a minus (-) sign next to it, it means you’re nearsighted. A plus (+) sign or no sign means you’re farsighted. A higher number, regardless of whether there is a plus or minus sign, means you’ll need a stronger prescription.
Is negative 4 eyesight bad?
If you have a visual acuity of 20/200 or worse (after putting corrective lenses on), you are considered legally blind. If the glasses or contacts improve your visual acuity, you are not legally blind. A visual acuity of -4.00 is roughly equivalent to 20/400 vision.
Is LASIK really worth?
LASIK surgery has a good track record. Complications that result in a loss of vision are rare, and most people are satisfied with the results. Certain side effects, particularly dry eyes and temporary visual disturbances (such as glare), are fairly common.