Can teenagers have LASIK eye surgery?

You may wonder if you are eligible for LASIK eye surgery under 18. At Memorial Eye Institute, you have to be at least 18 years of age. You also need to have a stable eye subscription for at least a year and have no health issues affecting your eyes – besides your vision problems. In this blog post, we’ll explore the risks for teenagers having LASIK and the benefits for 18-year-olds (and older) who choose treatment.

What are the risks of LASIK for teenagers?

The risks associated with LASIK, particularly for teenagers whose eyes are still in the process of changing and growing are:

  • Overcorrections, which may require a second surgery to fix
  • Under corrections, which may not provide the intended results
  • Dry eyes
  • A small amount of loss in clarity if your prescription changes.

What are the benefits of LASIK for teenagers?

Despite these potential risks, there are also many benefits to having LASIK as a teenager.

These benefits include:

  • Improved vision
  • Not having to rely on glasses or contact lenses
  • No more worries about losing your glasses or contacts
  • Being able to participate in activities without worrying about your vision.

If you’re considering LASIK surgery, it’s important to talk to your parents, and you can always speak with us to see if it’s the right option for you. You can book a free virtual appointment here.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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