Think You’re Too Old for Laser Vision Correction? Study Suggests that LASIK Works in Older Patients
- Posted on: Jan 10 2012
If you’re in your 40s, 50s or 60s, you may think you’re too old to undergo LASIK surgery. Think again! WebMD, a leading source in medical news, reports on one study demonstrating the effectiveness of laser eye surgery in older patients. Citing research from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, the article suggests that “laser surgery corrects vision for patients in [their] 40s, 50s and 60s.”
The study looked at 424 LASIK patients between the ages of 40 and 69. According to the article, following their surgery, “20/30 vision … was restored in 86% to 100% of eyes corrected for nearsightedness and 80% to 84% of eyes corrected for farsightedness.” Even those in their 60s? Yes, WebMD goes on to explain that “Patients in their 60s were just as likely to have good outcomes as those in their 40s and 50s.”
Is LASIK Right for You?
This study brings up an interesting question: Who is a good candidate for LASIK surgery? While there is no single formula for determining a good LASIK candidate, here are some general guidelines.
A good LASIK candidate:
- …is in good general health.
- …has good eye health and is free of eye conditions such as cataracts, chronic corneal infections or keratoconus.
- …is of a certain age, typically 21 years old.
- …has a cornea of appropriate shape and thickness.
There are several other factors that need to be discussed before choosing laser vision correction. The only way to do that is to schedule a consultation with a qualified LASIK surgeon.
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