Should I wait until a certain age for vision correction surgery?
The nice thing about having a lot of options for vision correction is that it creates more opportunity for you to be a candidate to get out of glasses and contacts. It isn’t ever a good strategy to try for a permanent fix on a moving target, so getting vision correction while the eye’s prescription is unstable is a non-starter of an idea. However, we find that the majority of patients that have a changing glasses prescription after the age of 18 do not have an eye that is changing. How? Because of the eye’s ability to focus, prescriptions will often change (usually getting stronger) over the years because the focusing muscle is working harder, not because the eye is structurally changing. Once testing is done with some 3-dimensional imaging and some drops that give us a true reading of the eye’s prescription with the “extra” focusing work neutralized, it often turns out that prescriptions have been changing for an eye that has been the same all along. This is especially true of the under 35 crowd.