LASIK Eye Surgery and Children

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Can my child or teenager have LASIK vision correction?

LASIK Eye Surgery and Children

LASIK eye surgery is not recommended for most children and teenagers, no matter what their eye problems. Most reputable surgeons will not perform LASIK vision correction on patients who have not reached their late teens.

The reason for this is simple. The eye changes as we mature, and does not reach a stable state until our late teens or early 20s. If the LASIK surgery is performed too soon, patients run the risk of having to have more surgery when their eyes change.

Most eye doctors recommend waiting until a patient has had the same glasses or contact lens prescription for two years before considering LASIK vision correction because of the risks of correcting too soon.



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