There a number of considerations when determining the eligibility of a patient for corrective eye surgery.  The most important factor is that a patient has a stable glasses or contact lens prescription. This is usually achieved by around 21 years of age.

Is there a prescription limit for corrective surgery?

There is a limit to what laser eye surgery can treat safely for short-sighted people. At Hunter Laser Vision if we feel that laser eye surgery is not ideal for treating a patient’s extreme level of, for example, Myopia, we will consider other options such as phakic intraocular lens implantation.  Phakic intraocular lens implantation is the implantation of the equivalent of a contact lens inside the eye that is permanent and does not need to be changed. With long-sighted patients there are a few options available and they can either be treated with laser correction or, more commonly, a lens replacement procedure.

Is there a maximum or ideal age for corrective eye surgery?

Generally speaking, laser eye surgery is something we would perform in patients under 55 if they’re short-sighted. For patients over 55 years of age, we may consider a lens based procedures known as clear lens extraction or cataract surgery.  In the presence of cataract, we may consider the implantation of an artificial intraocular lens.

Can I have corrective eye surgery if I’m pregnant?

Your prescription can change during pregnancy due to changes in hormones. At Hunter Laser Vision we suggest that if you are considering laser surgery, you have surgery performed before you fall pregnant. If you are pregnant or have just given birth, then we recommend having surgery after you have finished breastfeeding and hormones have returned back to normal.

Can corrective eye surgery correct a lazy eye?

Some people are born with an eye issue most commonly referred to as lazy eye. The technical term is Amblyopia.  Amblyopia is often seen in patients who may have had an extreme prescription in one eye or something else has prevented development of the vision at a very young age.  Laser eye surgery can correct the prescription in the eye, however you can only improve the vision to the point where glasses or contact lenses could. If the vision has never fully developed, corrective eye surgery cannot help correct a lazy eye.


Hunter Laser Vision has been providing corrective eye surgery throughout the Hunter Region for over 20 years. Our years of experience and training means we can provide you with the best in corrective eye surgery.  We are committed to customer satisfaction at every step. Speak with one of our team members today on 1800 442 020 to start your journey to visual freedom.