Is LASIK Eye Surgery Permanent?

Last updated on June 6th, 2017 at 11:08 am

In many cases the enhanced vision LASIK surgery provides is permanent, long-term. However in a limited variety of cases — typically due to modifications that can occur in the lens inside the eye, with or without LASIK surgery — some nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism can return over time, causing blurry vision. If a regression of this sort occurs and becomes bothersome, a follow-up procedure called a LASIK enhancement typically can be performed to restore clear vision.

How Long Does LASIK Last?

A current research study published in the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery examined the long-term stability of PRK, a laser vision correction procedure that is really similar to LASIK.


Is LASIK Eye Surgery Permanent?

Researchers in the UK kept an eye on the vision of 46 PRK patients for a duration of 18 years. Prior to surgery, all patients were nearsighted, with a typical eyeglass prescription of -4.86 D (range: -2.75 to -7.37 D).

LASIK Surgery Lifetime Guarantee vs. Age and Sex

Patients who were under age 40 at the time of their LASIK procedure had a typical regression of -0.54 D during the 18-year follow-up duration. Those who were over age 40 when they underwent LASIK had a typical regression of just -0.05 D.

There likewise was a substantial distinction when patients were arranged by sex. Women experienced a typical regression of -0.40 D over the 18-year follow-up duration; men experienced a typical regression of -0.08 D.

In all cases, the laser procedure was safe, without any long-lasting complications.

Another long-term study of the stability of laser vision correction published in American Journal of Ophthalmology several years earlier found that amongst patients who underwent LASIK surgery for the correction of as much as -10.0 D of myopia, roughly 6 percent chose to go through a LASIK enhancement within 10 years due to myopic regression.

See also: Recovery Time and Complications after LASIK Eye Surgery (Blurred Vision, Feelings, etc)

In a lot of cases, individuals who experience minor refractive changes after LASIK or PRK aren’t bothered by the change and don’t feel a need for extra vision correction. Others opt to use prescription glasses just for particular activities (driving at night, for example), and some decide to have an enhancement surgery carried out.

There might or might not be an extra cost for a LASIK enhancement surgery, depending upon how right after the primary LASIK procedure the enhancement is carried out and the policies of the LASIK surgeon or clinic. Ask your LASIK surgeon for details.

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Comments: 1
  1. Brenda Glover

    I got Lasik July of 2014. I had nearsightedness and it was best after the Lasik. However then, I’ve had problems ever since. My eyes are unbelivably dry and I was on Rx eye drops which I never observed them enhancing my dry eye except right when I put the drops in, similar to all the other drops I’ve tried given that. I likewise have sudden stabbing eye pain that scares me everytime it happens because I think what the heck was that about? It simply takes place all of a sudden, then is great. I browsed the web to read more about Lasik. I did like the staff and the Lasik center I went to and was treated very nicely. I was pleased quickly after the surgery. They likewise tried plugs where didn’t help the dry eye. My problems with Lasik do indeed impact my life. The dry eyes, the stabbing pain, the requirement for correction, the constant squinting, the self-destructive ideas and issues. My issues have effected my job too, as an accounting professional, I should have the ability to see numbers clearly.

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