How old do you have to be to have Laser Eye Surgery?

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Your eye is a unique and very delicate organ that develops over a number of years, starting from when you are born. In your early childhood years you begin to make sense of what is in your environment, learning names and functions of everything you see. Throughout this time your vision is adapting, your eyes are growing to give you the best possible sight. This process finishes in your late teens, but it is important that you let your eyes develop fully before you consider having any corrective surgery. Doctors therefore recommend that you are at least 21 years old before you are allowed to have any type of laser eye surgery. This is to ensure that your vision will not deteriorate following the surgery. If you were allowed to have the operation before that you could risk damaging your eyes and your vision. This can happen because your vision can fluctuate. To prevent this from altering the outcome of your surgery, you should be over 21 and your vision should be stable for at least 2 years. If you meet these criteria then you should expect a good result following your surgery.

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