Have you been considering
LASIK eye surgery in New York but are worried that you are simply too old? Contrary to popular
belief, ophthalmologists regularly perform LASIK surgery on adults of
all ages, including senior patients. However, age can affect an individual’s
LASIK candidacy, so it is wise to discuss corrective eye surgery with
your eye doctor sooner rather than later. Always consult directly with
an ophthalmologist to discuss your specific needs, and keep reading to
learn how overall health, dry eyes, and cataracts can affect LASIK candidacy.
While there is no upper age limit for LASIK surgery, the overall health
of a patient must always be taken into account. As people age, they are
simply more likely to have health problems that make any elective surgery
inadvisable. Additionally, eye doctors often note that aging patients
are more likely to experience declining vision. It is essential for a
LASIK surgery patient to have a stable prescription. If a patient has
not had the same prescription for at least one year, LASIK is not a good option.
Seniors are more likely to experience dry eye symptoms, and eye doctors
generally do not recommend LASIK for patients suffering from severe dry
eyes, depending on the underlying cause. Both the quality and the quantity
of tears you produce affect healing after LASIK eye surgery. However,
if your eye doctor is able to treat your dry eyes, you may still be a
After age 60, a patient’s risk of experiencing cataracts increases.
A cataract affects the lens of the patient's eye, causing cloudiness
and vision loss. If a patient begins to develop cataracts, an ophthalmologist
will generally not recommend LASIK surgery. Instead, the eye doctor may
perform cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens to improve the
If you are considering LASIK surgery in the NYC area, contact
Dr. Mark Hornfeld by calling (212) 580-8881. Dr. Hornfeld regularly performs LASIK eye surgery
on men and women of all ages and can also correct dry eye syndrome and
provide treatment for cataracts.