Great Eyesight At Any Age

LASIK is the world’s most common elective surgery. It’s popular primarily because it works--the procedure is successful in over 95% of patients. Furthermore, the effects are immediate, as the patient’s vision is improved within a day of the surgery.


The procedure has high rates of success regardless of the patient’s age. The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School conducted a study where they examined the outcome of the procedure in more than 400 patients between the ages of 40 and 69. They found that between 86-100% of patients suffering from nearsightedness had their vision restored to 20/30, while between 80-84% of farsighted patients had their vision corrected to 20/30. The surgery was just as successful for patients in their 60s as it was for those in their 40s and 50s. Additionally, adjustments can be made years after the surgery to account for changes in eyesight.

Though LASIK is highly successful, there are some drawbacks associated with the procedure. Depending on the severity of one’s vision issues, they may still need to wear glasses or contacts after the procedure. This is rare, but can happen particularly as patients develop presbyopia, which is the diminished ability of the eye to focus.

To learn more about LASIK surgery, check out our resources guide on the topic.

Further Reading

  • Many diabetics struggle with keeping their blood sugar levels under control to maintain a steady level of energy and prevent many diseases.  Now, researchers confirm that blood sugar also plays an important role in maintaining healthy eyes, and diabetics can reduce their risk of vision loss by making changes in their diet and lifestyle.

  • LASIK and laser eye surgery procedures continue to be a popular option for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but not everyone meets the requirements for this procedure. Conductive keratoplasty (CK) is one of the newest forms of refractive surgery and unlike other forms of eye surgery, uses radio waves and heat energy to reduce the size of the connective tissues around the cornea. This procedure is designed for patients suffering from hyperopia and presbyopia. The latest clinical results show that CK can produce more stable results than previously, and is now widely accepted by laser eye surgeons around the United States.

  • Twilight actress Judi Shekoni recently underwent the LASIK vision correction procedure at a Beverly Hills LASIK center and is now enjoying the successful outcome. The procedure was performed by LASIK eye surgery specialist Dr. Khanna, and involved a two-step process. Ms. Shekoni, who plays vampire Zafrina on the Twilight show, reports that she was a “nervous passenger” while undergoing the procedure but it was completely painless.