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What is the suitable age to go for LASIK surgery?


Today, there are more and more teenagers interested in LASIK eye surgeries in Singapore, as myopia becomes more and more common among young students in Singapore. Among all eye surgeries, the popular and common eye surgery would be the LASIK surgery.

However, many teenagers are not suitable candidates for the LASIK surgery.

LASIK is suitable for those 18 years and above who have had stable myopia for at least two years. Below 18 years of age, myopia is frequently unstable and the eye is likely to heal with excessive scarring. Notwithstanding, some eye surgeons have performed LASIK selectively for teenagers who suffer from severe anisometropia. This is a condition caused by a gross imbalance of refractive powers between the eyes such that spectacles cannot be satisfactorily prescribed.

LASIK is frequently contemplated by those aged 35 and above who have been wearing contact lenses for many years and who have developed problems of dry eyes, allergic eyelid disorders, cornea inflammation or contact lens wear intolerance. It is important that candidates considering surgery in this age group be forewarned that presbyopia (middle-age farsightedness) may become unmasked after the surgery. Dry eye condition if pre-existing, may also be aggravated.

Those aged 60 and above are in the high risk group for cataract and should therefore be carefully examined for evidence of any developing lens opacity. If this is present, artificial intra-ocular lens implantation following crystalline lens extraction is the procedure of choice.

Apart from the age factor, it is important to note that there are a number of other personal conditions that would make you unsuitable for LASIK surgery. For example, if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications that may cause hormones to fluctuate and affect your vision or refractive error, you should also wait until your refractive error stabilizes. Basically, any chance of fluctuation in your refractive error should be taken seriously and would make you an unsuitable candidate for the LASIK surgery.

By looking at the consistency of your prescription in the past six months, you will be able to determine if your refractive error is stable. If there was any change in your prescription, you should wait a little longer until there is no change in prescription in six consecutive months.

Once you are ready for the next step, your doctor will still have to perform a baseline exam on your eyes, this will give you the final answer of if you’re a suitable candidate for the LASIK surgery. Be sure to stop wearing any soft contact lenses for 2-3 days before your baseline exam. For users of hard contact lenses, 10 days of no contact lenses is required.  This is because contact lenses change the shape of your cornea, which would affect the surgery results greatly.