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What age can I have laser eye surgery?

Published on 6th August 2012

The minimum age we would consider performing laser eye surgery on someone would be 18 years of age.

However, 21 may be more reasonable. It all depends on the particular patient and the stability of their prescription. Most eye prescriptions deteriorate from childhood through the teenage years and then tend to level out.

It is very important when considering a relatively young person for laser eye surgery that they can provide as much history of their past prescriptions as possible to help determine how stable their prescription is.

Your consultation at Visualase is performed by your treating doctor and he is the very best person to make that decision and decide whether it is the right time to proceed.


All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.