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How Long Does LASIK Last?

May 5, 2016

You might have heard that LASIK is a permanent way to reshape your cornea but you might have also heard that the results aren’t necessarily permanent.

If you’ve been seriously considering LASIK surgery, you may be wondering how long you can expect it to last. Don’t worry—we’ve got the facts for you! When it comes to LASIK surgery, here’s what you need to know.

What Should I Expect?

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a refractive procedure that can help correct a slew of eye conditions, from hyperopia to blurry vision (due to astigmatism) to myopia. LASIK has been performed for over twenty-five years.

With constantly changing technology, the LASIK of today is a far cry from the LASIK of the 1990s. LASIK now involves customized treatments combined with bladeless flaps made with a laser. With proper, modern preoperative testing to determine candidacy, f LASIK-related post-surgery complications are markedly reduced compared t the early years. You will enjoy consistent results, and improve your eyesight in the thirty minutes it takes to complete the LASIK procedure.

In general, the purpose of LASIK is to reduce the amount of time that a patient spends wearing contacts or glasses—or at least reduce their dependence on them. In fact, many people who have undergone the procedure are able to ditch their contacts or glasses entirely.

Other people may still need to wear reading glasses. Or, perhaps, they may find that they need reading glasses as they begin to age. That’s common in every adult, whether they have had LASIK or not. Remember, it’s a natural part of the aging process.

Time for a Touch-Up?

Sometimes you might find that you need a “touch-up” procedure after you’ve had LASIK. Generally, myopic LASIK remains stable over the years while hyperopic LASIK tends to recur over time. You can lower the chances of needing additional treatment by choosing a LASIK provider with experience—and an eye surgery center that utilizes the latest technology. It helps to ensure the best possible result from LASIK surgery.

The benefits to having LASIK are still many. Though results will differ from patient to patient, nearly everyone will enjoy the clearer eyesight they deserve, or else there are options available for enhancement to attain ever sharper vision. So how can someone try to keep their chances for touch-ups to a minimum? The best way to ensure the best possible eyesight after having LASIK surgery is to get an eye exam every other year.

Your doctor will be able to tell if there are any changes in your eyesight, or if you develop common middle-aged illnesses like presbyopia (trouble with focusing on nearby objects) or cataracts. Although they are synonymous with aging, the earlier the detection, the better it is for your eyes.

LASIK Consultation

Not everyone makes a good LASIK candidate. A LASIK professional will take several factors into consideration when considering a patient.

See if LASIK is a good fit for you. For experienced surgeons and high tech equipment in a convenient New Jersey office, call OCLI today to schedule a LASIK consultation.


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