Laser Eye Surgery – Why You’re Never Too Old!

In many cases, having surgery is at the bottom of our list of ‘things we would like to do’ – no matter our age. Many types of surgery can cause significant disruption to our lives, from spending days in hospital to weeks, and even months, in recovery to taking time off work and other everyday activities. Furthermore, as we get older, surgery can become even more frightening and inconvenient.

But, as we often explain to our prospective patients here at London Vision Clinic, Laser Eye Surgery isn’t like any conventional surgery, meaning it can be a convenient and safe option for adults of all ages. So, let’s find out how Laser Eye Surgery could still be an option for your refractive error – and why you’re never too old!

Nothing like your typical surgical procedure

Unlike many other types of surgery, Laser Eye Surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that can be completed in a matter of minutes. Moreover, it doesn’t require general anaesthetic and you can return to the comfort of your own home the very same day.

Your experience at the clinic is also a world apart from that of a local hospital – particularly if you opt for an independent clinic like London Vision Clinic. From welcome chocolates and a comfortable waiting room to a relaxing pre-surgery head massage, our award-winning staff go above and beyond to make you feel at home. That’s got to be better than being stuck in a hospital ward.

But let’s get down to the matter at hand: Are you ever too old to have Laser Eye Surgery?

Your age and suitability for Laser Eye Surgery

Our Harley Street clinic is a hub of people from all ages and walks of life. This is partly because of the wide range of treatments available, from the main Laser Eye Surgery procedures like LASIK, LASEK, and SMILE, to Cataract Surgery and Implantable Collamer Lenses. Still, many people are still convinced that there is an upper age limit for Laser Eye Surgery. This belief can stop them from even enquiring about their suitability for the procedure.

In the video below, our expert Laser Eye Surgeon, Mr Glenn Carp explains why we can treat patients of almost all ages.

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When it comes to Laser Eye Surgery, the biggest factors affecting your suitability are your health and your prescription. In most cases, age doesn’t even come into the equation. As Mr Carp explains in the video above, “providing that the eye is healthy and that the patient is healthy”, there should be no reason you can’t be a candidate for Laser Eye Surgery.

Our comprehensive screening process allows us to assess your eyes from a Laser Eye Surgery perspective and establish the eyes’ health. Your screening appointment will involve various tests and examinations to determine your suitability. But don’t worry – thanks to our state-of-the-art technology and experienced surgeons, more than 95% of the patients we see can go ahead with laser vision correction.

How could age affect your treatment?

While there is no upper age limit for Laser Eye Surgery, it’s important to be aware of how age may affect your treatment. Some older patients may experience a longer recovery period following the procedure. However, in most cases, this is nothing to worry about; our expert surgeons will discuss all of the potential risks and side effects with you at your initial consultation and will only recommend the best treatment for you.

If you’d like to know whether you could be a candidate for Laser Eye Surgery, get in touch with one of our friendly clinic coordinators or Book a Consultation today!

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