Is LASIK Permanent?

May 6, 2021 — by Thomas Byrd, MD
Tags: Is Lasik Permanent

snorkelers in the waterLASIK is the leading technique in laser vision correction. LASIK reshapes the corneal tissues to remove imperfections that are responsible for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK offers impressive results, with the majority of patients recovering with 20/20 vision or better. A common question among potential LASIK patients is, “Is LASIK permanent?”

LASIK surgeon Thomas Byrd discusses LASIK recovery and anticipated results with his Detroit, MI, patients prior to their procedure. Here we specifically focus on how long patients can expect the results of LASIK to last, and whether they can toss their prescription lenses for good after treatment.

How Long Do LASIK Results Last?

LASIK provides patients with fast and effective results. Most people experience an immediate improvement in their vision, and the eyesight should continue to improve as the eyes heal and LASIK side effects resolve. Within two to three months of treatment the vision should stabilize, and most people are able to completely eliminate the use of prescription lenses.

Living with clear vision that is not assisted by corrective lenses is like being in a whole new world. It is natural for patients to worry that the results of LASIK won’t last. Fortunately, LASIK results are permanent in the majority of cases. Most people do not experience a recurrence of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism after LASIK treatment.

Although LASIK results are permanent in most situations, there are always some exceptions. The shape of the eyes may change slightly as a person ages. In a limited number of cases, these changes can cause minor refractive errors, which can make the vision blurry. This type of regression is rare. Most patients can expect the vision enhancing results of LASIK to last for many years, if not a lifetime.

Can I Undergo a Secondary LASIK Procedure?

In the event that the vision regresses in the years following LASIK, our Detroit patients may be ideal candidates for a secondary LASIK procedure. This is known as LASIK enhancement. LASIK enhancement is very similar to an initial LASIK procedure. Concentrated laser technology is used to reshape the middle layer of the cornea and correct refractive errors. This procedure restores clear vision so that patients once again enjoy the full effects of their first LASIK treatment.

Will I Need Prescription Lenses Again?

Even though LASIK results should be permanent for most of our Detroit patients, they may not be able to say good-bye to prescription lenses for good. Aging takes its toll on the body, and the eyes are no exception. As people age, many of them begin to experience strained vision when reading, working on a computer, or focusing on other close-up details. This kind of vision loss, which is called presbyopia, has nothing to do with the type of refractive errors that LASIK treats. While people may continue to enjoy the results of LASIK, it is not uncommon for them to rely on reading glasses for some tasks as they get older.

Learn More about LASIK Results

If you suffer from vision impairment and would like to reduce or eliminate your dependence on prescription lenses, LASIK surgery may be right for you. To learn more about laser vision correction and the results it can provide, send us a message online, or call (734) 284-2444.

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