Refractive Surgery Options in Your 50s and 60s
Although there is no official age limit for undergoing different refractive eye surgeries, certain procedures tend to be more beneficial for aging eyes. To determine your candidacy for each procedure, your surgeon will look at the health of your eyes, the stability of your vision, and the thickness or shape of your cornea.
For those nearing their 50s and 60s, our surgeons most often recommend a refractive lens exchange (RLE) to correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This solution can help reduce your need to wear corrective eyewear, as well as completely eliminate your risk of developing cataracts in the future. RLE works by replacing your eye’s natural lens with an artificial one. As a result, the lens cannot become cloudy with cataracts as you age.
If you’re in your 50s or 60s, you may still be a candidate for LASIK or PRK, but this will ultimately be determined by your surgeon. RLE is typically the most appropriate refractive surgery for patients as they near their 60s, as it can provide long-term improvement without the risk of cataracts or presbyopia affecting the clear results.
In the end, the best way to discover which method of vision correction surgery can best meet your needs is to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors. For a free consultation, please contact us today.