LASIK After 40: Why Your Choice of Surgeon Is So Important

Are you over 40 and considering LASIK? Rest assured, it’s not too late to liberate yourself from contacts and glasses. But there are some special considerations to be mindful of if you are in this age group.


Just because you’ve hit the middle-aged mark doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same freedoms as younger folks. Although this period of life may feel daunting, there’s a lot to look forward to and feel good about. Feeling more comfortable in your skin, greater earnings potential, increased quality of life, lower car insurance – there are plenty of reasons to celebrate middle age! And freedom from prescription lenses and contacts can be one of them if you’re a good candidate.

Why Age Matters With LASIK

It’s no secret that our bones and muscles weaken when we age, and our hearts must work harder. Thankfully, we can take preventative measures to promote health in our bones, joints, muscles, and cardiovascular system. It’s no different with our eyes, as age-related conditions can pop up, brought on by factors like genetics, ethnicity, and pre-existing conditions like diabetes.

Age-related eye conditions

  • Presbyopia: the gradual decline of the eye’s ability to focus on objects, usually starting in your early to mid-40s.
  • Cataracts: the clouding of the lens of your eye, which is usually clear. Cataracts also develop gradually over time, causing blurry vision.
  • Glaucoma: a condition characterized by abnormally high pressure in your eye, causing damage to the optic nerve. It is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over 60.
  • Macular degeneration: an eye disorder that causes blurry vision or reduced central vision due to thinning of the macula (the macula is part of the retina responsible for clear vision).

 

These age-related eye conditions can make your prescription more severe, and so LASIK may not be enough to correct your vision. Your best bet is to consult with an experienced LASIK surgeon who will explain your options, listen to your goals, and give you a realistic assessment of your probable outcomes.

LASIK After 40: An Experienced LASIK Surgeon Is Essential

The amount of experience a LASIK surgeon has will directly affect the quality of care you receive and a favourable outcome. Increased surgical experience has been proven to correlate with better results and smoother surgeries. Just as a pianist improves their performance with practice, a surgeon refines their skills by repeatedly executing the same procedure. With experience comes a good sense of judgment, which is critical for successful surgeries.

 

You’ll also want to look for a LASIK surgeon with the right equipment and technology. LASIK used to be performed using a blade to cut a flap in the cornea and reshape it. Nowadays, LASIK is performed using blade-free technology, making the procedure safer and more accurate than before. Instead of a blade, a wavefront-guided laser is used to create the flap and reshape the cornea. You’ll want to make sure that the LASIK surgeon is using the latest Wavefront-guided technology to customize the treatment of your eyes. Be aware of “wavefront-optimized” or the use of “precision flap-making instruments (microkeratome).”

 

Whether you are over or under the age of 40, we encourage you to book a free consultation with our LASIK surgeon Dr. Fava. He checks all these boxes and more and can explain your options, listen to your goals, and give you a realistic assessment of your probable outcomes.

 

For more reading on LASIK After 40, check out The Scoop on LASIK After 40 for the pros and cons to consider.