How Long Does LASIK Eye Surgery Last?Author: Dr. William Tullo
April 11, 2014
How long does LASIK eye surgery last? Many people considering the procedure ask this question. On average, LASIK eye surgery is considered to be a permanent way to reshape your cornea and thus correct your vision. That’s fairly incredible, given the procedure takes roughly 30 minutes total.
LASIK eye surgery duration
LASIK eye surgery was approved in Canada in the early 1990s and in the United States shortly thereafter. Therefore, it has been around commercially for roughly 25 years. The effects of LASIK eye surgery are considered to be permanent, and thanks to technology improvements and increasingly skilled surgeons, the results today are fairly consistent.
Vision correction after LASIK eye surgery
There might be some cases in which someone needs an additional eye treatment or must wear corrective lenses after LASIK eye surgery.
LASIK eye surgery typically does not correct the need for reading glasses. There is an option of having monovision, which produces the ability to read close-up and far away. Some people test monovision eye surgery by using monovision contact lenses and find they don’t like this type of vision correction. For these people, reading glasses might be needed in their later years as eyes change with age.
Just as you may have had minor changes in your glasses prescription over time, you may have slight changes in your vision over time after laser eye surgery. Because of these natural changes, a person may need an enhancement, or a touch-up procedure, after LASIK eye surgery. The need for enhancements is caused by someone’s prescription gradually changing even after his or her procedure. There are some ways to reduce needs for enhancements, such as by picking a highly skilled surgeon, the latest technology, and going to a provider who chooses candidates carefully. Even then, an enhancement might be needed. Check your provider’s enhancement policy to learn if there will be a charge or if there is a grace period during which you may have an enhancement at no charge.
Another situation that could require vision correction has to do with hormonal changes. Pregnancy can cause hormonal changes in the eyes, for instance, so a woman planning to have children later on might wish to wait to have LASIK eye surgery in order to ensure she gets her best possible results.
Eye health after LASIK eye surgery
After LASIK eye surgery, annual eye exams are important. While vision correction, such as glasses and contacts, is a primary concern of many individuals who visit eye doctors regularly, there are additional treatments and tests your eye doctor runs to ensure overall eye health. For more on eye exams after LASIK eye surgery, click here.