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Age limits and laser

There’s no upper age limit for laser eye surgery. Suitability for treatment can however change depending on your age.

Too young?

You need to be aged 18 or over to be treated. Younger than this age, and your prescription may not be stable. Many short-sighted (myopic) patients find their prescription increases through their teens and, for some, in to their 20s. If you’re under 21, we like to see two years of stable spectacle prescriptions from your optician before proceeding with treatment. If you had treatment without first confirming that your prescription had stabilised, you run risk of wasting your money by finding yourself back in specs or contact lenses within a few years.

Too old?

The good news is there’s no upper age limit for laser eye surgery. Many patients in their 50s and 60s have been able to do away with glasses through LASIK. By this age, distance and reading glasses are usually necessary. LASIK mini-monovision can do away with both these problems, by fully correcting the vision in one eye, while bringing the focus for the other eye within an arm’s length. This setup has been successfully used by high-street opticians prescribing soft contact lenses for many years. During your initial consultation with our specialist optometrists, we’ll test your eyes to simulate mini-monovision to confirm if this would work for you.

I wish I'd done it earlier!

If there’s one comment that laser eye surgeons here all the time it’s, ‘I wish I’d done it earlier!’ In general, once over the age of 18, the earlier you have laser eye surgery, the longer the benefit you’ll get. Your 20s, 30s & 40s are likely to be full of new challenges and experiences - career opportunities, travel, kids…

Depending on clear vision from the moment you wake up without having to rely on glasses or contact lenses is one hassle and inconvenience you could well do without.