Laser eye surgeons will not operate on patients below the age of 18. Some will recommend that refractive surgery is not undertaken before the patient is 21.
A teenager’s eyes can develop and change significantly and thus it is sensible to ensure that this development is complete and that vision has remained stable for between one and two years before laser eye surgery is performed. Once a patient’s prescription has been deemed stable, the younger they are, the longer they will benefit from the results of laser eye surgery.
Is There An Upper Age Limit?
There is no upper age limit at which a patient is no longer suitable for laser eye surgery as long as their eyes are healthy and suitable for treatment. Optical Express and Optimax, however, have a policy of not providing surgery to patients who are older than 70. Patients within this age range or older may be recommended to receive an intraocular lens implant instead of laser eye surgery. This procedure involves making a small incision in the cornea, removing the eye’s natural lens and replacing it with a permanent artificial lens to correct vision. An intraocular lens implant takes around twenty minutes per eye to perform.