How Long Do LASIK Results Last?
Are you tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses? Would you like to wake up and see clearly? Then LASIK may be a great solution. This form of laser eye surgery quickly and effectively corrects your vision so you can see clearly without corrective lenses. LASIK results are long-lasting, giving you many years of clearer vision.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is a type of minimally invasive eye surgery that reshapes the cornea (clear structure at the front of the eye) to achieve clearer vision. Your eye produces a clear image by focusing light on your retina, but when this light does not focus on the retina, due to your eye size or shape, the image looks blurry. LASIK is the world’s most popular type of laser vision correction and provides freedom from glasses and contacts for many people.
How Does LASIK Work?
During LASIK surgery, Dr. Wu uses a laser to create a flap in the outer surface of your cornea. This flap allows access to the deeper layer of the cornea called the stroma. Next, another laser removes a precise amount of tissue (much like 3D printing) to achieve the desired reshaping. Lastly, the flap is replaced and begins to heal quickly, making recovery from LASIK quick and easy. Most people see well the next day and can return to normal activities after two days.
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How Long Do LASIK Results Last?
Even though LASIK correction (reshaping your cornea) is permanent, your eye prescription may change over time. Your cornea will not return to its former shape. For patients requiring higher corrections, greater than -5 diopters, LASIK treatment may slightly wear off over time. Some patients may require a retreatment to help with nighttime driving.
LASIK will give you long-lasting clear-distance vision but does not halt age-related changes that will continue to affect your vision and may cause your refractive error to change over time, which affects how well you see. The lens, the structure inside your eye, not treated by LASIK, will continue to undergo changes over time. When the natural lenses lose their flexibility, people experience a condition called presbyopia (age-related difficulty reading and other up-close tasks). Cloudy lenses are called cataracts and will affect most adults over the age of 60. LASIK cannot prevent these age-related changes from occurring.
Other diseases, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, may affect your vision as you age. Again, these diseases are associated with aging of the eye and are not altered by LASIK surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK?
While LASIK is safe and effective, only a consultation can determine whether you are a good candidate. LASIK candidates should meet the following criteria:
- 18 or over
- A stable prescription for a year or more
- A prescription within the range that LASIK can correct
- No concerns with frequent dry eye
- Healthy corneas
- No contact sports
People who are not candidates for LASIK are often candidates for another type of laser eye surgery such as SMILE or PRK. Because LASIK creates a corneal flap, it is not usually recommended for those with thin or abnormal corneas. It is also not recommended for those who engage in contact sports that could dislodge the flap.
What is Recovery Like After LASIK?
You will receive prescription eye drops to use after LASIK surgery. You may experience blurriness and mild irritation during the first few days. Most people can drive and return to work within two days. Your vision will continue to stabilize and evolve for the next few weeks. We recommend avoiding water in your eyes or exposure to dusty environments for three days.
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