Do The Results of LASIK Surgery Last Forever?

LASIK Surgery, UltraVision

Imagine never having to wear glasses or contacts again. Thanks to LASIK surgery, this is not just a dream, it can be reality.

LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a refractive eye surgery designed to correct astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, and other issues. Since the FDA approved the procedure in 1996, LASIK surgery has continued to develop by leaps and bounds. Read on to learn why getting LASIK surgery at UltraVision may help you.

LASIK results might last forever

Thanks to LASIK surgery, millions of Americans don’t depend on their glasses and contact lenses as much as they used to. In 2018 alone, 663,000 men and women opted for the surgery to improve their vision, with many achieving 20/20 vision after the procedure. In fact, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery reports that 96% of patients achieve 20/20 vision after LASIK surgery.

In the majority of cases, the results of LASIK surgery are permanent. There are many men and women who never buy glasses or contact lenses again.

While millions of patients never need glasses again, there are situations where you may need a follow-up treatment. In the rare case your vision changes, or if you have health problems that affect your vision, you may need further treatment.

You may need a follow-up procedure

If your vision changes significantly over time, you might need what’s called a LASIK enhancement. Overall, the rate for follow-up procedures for LASIK is just 1-2% in the first year and around 1% a year after that.

Health conditions can affect your vision after surgery

There are some health conditions, such as presbyopia, that can affect your vision over time. Presbyopia is an age-related vision condition that most often occurs in middle-aged adults. Presbyopia is marked by progressive difficulty in trying to focus on objects that are near. If you develop presbyopia, you may need to wear reading glasses or have a procedure to achieve monovision.

Cataracts are another common age-related condition that can affect your vision. Cataracts, which most affect adults in their 70s and 80s, involve the clouding of the lenses of your eyes. Cataracts need to be removed surgically.

You should have stable vision before treatment

For the best possible results, your vision should be stable before you undergo LASIK surgery. If your vision isn’t stable and you undergo surgery, there is a chance your prescription might change, and you’ll need to undergo the procedure once more.

You should wait until your vision prescription stabilizes for at least 12 months before undergoing surgery. Let us know if the prescription for your glasses has changed over the past few years before you undergo the procedure.

 

If you want to achieve lasting, clear vision, book a consultation with UltraVision to learn about LASIK surgery today.

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