Are you thinking of undergoing LASIK eye surgery? It’s easy if you do it smart.
Being a Baby Boomer does not necessarily stop you from undergoing and benefitting from LASIK eye surgery as laser eye does not have any age restrictions. You are free to undergo surgery as long you are judged to be fit enough by your doctors. Some may be ineligible due to the changes that occur within their eyes as they age.
LASIK gives freedom and convenience to everyone who depends on corrective lenses to see clearly. LASIK helps to correct the abnormalities in the shape of your cornea to correct the most common forms of vision impairment such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.
The success rate of LASIK eye surgery stands at 90% as the patients gain full 20/20 vision post-surgery. It is hardly surprising that this procedure has become the standard for vision correction in recent times.
Millions of Americans have successfully undergone LASIK eye surgery and ditched their glasses since 1998 when the US Food and Drug Administration approved of it.
Not all candidates are ideal for this kind of treatment though. Certain eye conditions such as dry eyes and astigmatism are eye conditions that will prevent any surgery from taking place due to the risks and complications involved.
You are Never Too Old for LASIK
There is no age limit to having LASIK eye surgery as it depends on the state of the eyes that need surgery. The lens has to be clear and you have to understand that undergoing LASIK eye surgery will not prevent cataract from developing in the future.
4 Factors You Need to Consider Before Undergoing LASIK Surgery
- Aging eyes have some special needs along with some unique problems. You should inform your eye doctor about any health conditions you have faced before you decide to undergo surgery. Such chronic conditions include those of the heart and other vital organs.
- You should also let your doctors know of any prescription drugs that you might be taking as certain drugs may not react well with LASIK surgery and can affect the accuracy and healing of laser vision correction surgery.
- Needing Glasses for Both Distance and Reading You may find that you need 2 pairs of glasses. Usually, LASIK surgery only corrects distance vision which means that you would still need a pair of glasses for tasks like reading. You can opt for monovision surgery which means that you opt to laser one eye for distance vision and the other for near vision.
- General Health Your health tends to deteriorate over time as you age and you will need to discuss with your surgeon about your options if you suffer from physical conditions such as cataracts, diabetes, and glaucoma.
Editor’s note: Please consider the possibility of cataract surgery rather than Lasik especially if you are over 65. Your vision can be corrected during that procedure as well and Medicare will pay for it. Read about it here.
6 Benefits of LASIK for Baby Boomers
- Most patients tend to see better after undergoing LASIK, more so than with glasses or contacts! It has been reported that some of their eyesight has actually exceeded 20/20 vision. Research indicates that 95% of patients who have had LASIK surgery attained at least a 20/40 vision whereas 85% were able to attain 20/20 vision.
- This eliminates the hassle of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. This will also make you feel better and more confident about how you look.
- The entire procedure only takes about one hour in total
- Over the span of 20 years since this type of surgery was first approved, it was discovered that 95.4% of people who had surgery said they were happy with the results along with less than 1% having any complaints or complications.
- The procedure requires very little time to recover and most people are able to return to their daily routine within two days.
- There is no pain in the entire surgery process as the numbing eye drops are applied which remove all pain and the actual surgery only takes about 15 minutes for both eyes.
Make sure that you find an eye doctor that you fully trust as well. If you fully understand the risk of LASIK and have realistic expectations from it then you make an ideal candidate for LASIK eye surgery.
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