How LASIK Offers Long-Term Vision Correction
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that is commonly used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. While LASIK can provide long-term correction for many people, we hesitate to use the word permanent. Here’s why:
LASIK works by reshaping the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, using a laser to remove a small amount of tissue. This alteration in the cornea helps to focus light onto the retina properly, improving vision. The procedure is extremely effective and can significantly reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses.
However, certain factors can affect the long-term stability of LASIK outcomes. These factors include changes in the eye due to aging, hormonal fluctuations, and other medical conditions. In some cases, individuals may experience regression, where their vision changes over time, and they may require reading glasses or LASIK enhancements later in life. (This is why LVC offers LASIK for Life, a program that covers any enhancement procedure for qualified patients who have received LASIK at an LVC center, completed their post-operative care, and continued to have annual eye exams).
It’s important to note that LASIK does not prevent the natural aging of the eye, which can lead to presbyopia (difficulty focusing on close objects) as people get older. Presbyopia typically occurs around the age of 40 and may require reading glasses even if LASIK has been performed.
So, is LASIK permanent? It certainly can provide long-lasting vision correction for many individuals, but some enhancements may be needed over time. Regular eye check-ups and consultations with your LVC affiliate eye doctor are important to monitor and address any changes in vision that may occur over time.
If you have any questions, we’d be happy to address them during your consultation.