LASIK in Teens

April 14, 2012 — by Dr. Zimmer
Tags: Lasik Refractive Surgery Lasik And Teens Laser Vision Correction

LASIK surgery has been a great option for many patients. The surgery helps reduce the dependence that people have on glasses and contact lenses. In fact, many people come to our Pittsburgh LASIK center because they are tired of wearing glasses and contacts and would like crystal clear vision. Many young people are especially interested in LASIK, though there are a few things that they and their parents should know about LASIK surgery. While many adults qualify for LASIK, it’s a little trickier with teens.

About LASIK Surgery

LASIK eye surgery is a refractive surgery that is designed to adjust the shape of the cornea. Doing so will address common refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. These are known as lower order aberrations. Thanks to custom LASIK technology, however, we can now address higher order aberrations, such as glare, poor night vision, haloes, starburst, and so on.

Candidacy for LASIK Surgery

To qualify for LASIK, it’s important that patients have eyes that have fully matured, have experienced stable vision for a year, have not had an eye infection a year prior to the proposed surgery, and have no issues with dry eye or other eye conditions. The patients should also have healthy corneas and not suffer from any autoimmune diseases. There are other factors that need to be considered, which can be addressed by our ophthalmologists and LASIK surgeons serving Pittsburgh.

Is LASIK eye surgery right for teens?

In nearly all cases, LASIK surgery is not a good idea for most teens. We usually believe that LASIK should only be performed on people who are at least 18 years old. Ideally, we may want to wait longer since the eyes may still be maturing. This is all taken on a case by case basis, of course, but this should give you and idea of what we consider when it comes to LASIK.

Are there alternatives to LASIK for teens?

There are other refractive surgeries such as Pittsburgh PRK, but as with LASIK, the same sorts of restrictions and stipulations apply. We may be able to recommend another kind of surgery, but it’s best that we play it cautious and conservative since the eyes are still developing.

What treatments should I consider?

Contact lenses and eye glasses are ideal treatments for refractive errors in teens. These should be the main options until they have reached early adulthood. At that point, they become better candidates for LASIK and other refractive surgery procedures. If you visit our Cranberry Township laser vision correction center, we will be sure to perform a comprehensive evaluation and help you make the best decision about your vision or your teen’s vision.

Learn More About Laser Vision Correction

While LASIK may not be the best option for your teenage child now, it can be an option down the road. If you would like to learn more about laser eye surgery, be sure to contact our LASIK surgery center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing these matters in more detail.