Is LASIK Permanent?

We often get asked by patients considering the procedure, “Is LASIK permanent?” Understanding the long-term effects of LASIK is crucial for anyone considering this popular refractive surgery procedure. While LASIK offers significant improvements in vision for many patients, it’s essential to discuss the potential changes that can occur over time. In this article, we’ll explore the permanence of LASIK and what you can expect in the years following the surgery. For personalized advice and to see if LASIK is right for you, schedule an appointment with Brusco Vision today.

Is LASIK permanent? How long does it last?

LASIK permanently reshapes the cornea to correct vision problems caused by refractive errors such as myopia. The changes made to the cornea are permanent, but age-related conditions like presbyopia or cataracts will eventually develop as you age and may require additional eye surgery, such as cataract surgery. Cataracts are an inevitable part of aging, much like wrinkles. Less commonly, some patients might need a LASIK enhancement to fine-tune their vision. About 2% of patients need a LASIK enhancement within the first year, and this rate increases by 1% per year.

LASIK provides immediate improvements in visual acuity, often noticeable within hours after the procedure. Most people enjoy clear vision shortly after surgery and can resume normal activities within a couple of days. However, over the years, some may experience slight blurred vision due to age-related changes, which can often be corrected with further procedures. Regular eye examinations are crucial to monitor eye health and address any age-related conditions that might arise. To learn more about how LASIK can benefit you and to discuss your specific needs, contact Brusco Vision to schedule a consultation.

Can LASIK wear off?

No, LASIK does not wear off; the changes made to the eye during the procedure are permanent. However, as people age, their eyesight can still change due to natural aging processes and medical conditions. One common change is presbyopia, where the eye’s internal lens loses its ability to focus on close objects, necessitating reading glasses or bifocals. This occurs regardless of whether a person has had LASIK or not.

LASIK also cannot prevent eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, or cataracts. As individuals reach their 40s and beyond, they may find that they need glasses for reading or night driving due to presbyopia or early cataract development. These issues can sometimes be addressed with custom lens replacement surgery or a LASIK enhancement.

Cataracts are another consideration for those who have undergone LASIK. Eventually, many people develop cataracts, leading to symptoms such as blurred or double vision, poor night vision, and image distortion. While LASIK does not cause or treat cataracts, cataract surgery may still be necessary later in life. Fortunately, LASIK can often improve the outcomes of cataract surgery.

To explore your options and get tailored advice, schedule a consultation with Brusco Vision today.

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At Brusco Vision, we are committed to helping you achieve clear, lasting vision. Our goal is to enhance your visual acuity and quality of life through personalized care and advanced refractive surgery techniques. If you’re considering LASIK, it’s important to understand both its permanence and the potential for future vision changes. Our experienced team is here to guide you through every step of the process and address any concerns you may have.

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FAQ’s About Is LASIK Permanent

How long do the results of LASIK last?

The results of LASIK are designed to last a lifetime because the procedure permanently reshapes the cornea to correct refractive errors like myopia. However, natural aging processes and conditions like presbyopia can still affect vision over time. At Brusco Vision, we ensure you understand the long-term expectations and monitor your eye health regularly.

Can your vision deteriorate after LASIK?

While LASIK permanently corrects the cornea using an excimer laser, your vision can still change due to aging or eye diseases. Conditions like presbyopia or cataracts may necessitate further treatment. Brusco Vision provides comprehensive care to help you maintain optimal visual perception.

Will I need glasses or contact lenses after LASIK surgery?

Many patients enjoy clear vision without corrective lenses after LASIK, but age-related changes like presbyopia may require reading glasses later in life. Brusco Vision offers personalized consultations to address your specific visual acuity needs and expectations.

Does LASIK permanently fix astigmatism?

Yes, LASIK can permanently correct astigmatism by reshaping the cornea. However, other factors like aging can still affect vision. At Brusco Vision, we tailor our approach to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your specific condition.

Is LASIK a one-time procedure?

LASIK is typically a one-time procedure with long-lasting results. However, some patients may need an enhancement if their vision changes significantly. Brusco Vision provides follow-up care to monitor your vision and address any changes as needed.

Can LASIK be redone years later?

Yes, LASIK enhancements can be performed if necessary. If your vision changes over time, Brusco Vision can evaluate your situation and determine if a follow-up procedure is appropriate to maintain your vision quality.

How does aging affect LASIK results?

Aging can introduce changes like presbyopia or cataracts that LASIK does not prevent. Changes in tissue elasticity due to aging can affect vision over time, even after LASIK, making regular follow-ups important. While LASIK provides permanent corneal correction, Brusco Vision offers ongoing care to manage age-related visual impairment effectively.

Can LASIK correct vision permanently for both nearsightedness and farsightedness?

LASIK can permanently correct both near-sightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia) by reshaping the cornea. Before undergoing LASIK, your surgeon will perform a thorough eye examination and review your eyeglass prescription to ensure the best outcomes.

What should I expect long-term after LASIK?

Long-term, you can expect improved vision without the need for corrective lenses. While LASIK addresses the refraction issues of the eye, it does not affect the retina or prevent conditions like macular degeneration, which are monitored through regular ophthalmology visits. Brusco Vision educates LASIK patients on the importance of regular eye examinations to monitor for age-related changes and maintain optimal eye health.

Are there any permanent side effects of LASIK?

LASIK is generally safe with minimal long-term side effects. The risk of complications from LASIK is low, and our experienced surgeon at Brusco Vision uses the latest technology to minimize these risks. Some patients might experience dry eyes or night vision issues initially, but these typically resolve. Brusco Vision prioritizes your safety and provides thorough post-operative care to ensure the best outcomes.

Michael A. Brusco, MD, FACS, is the founder and medical director of Brusco Vision – the premier practice dedicated to changing lives through vision correction in Washington DC and the DMV. He is a board-certified and award-winning refractive surgery subspecialist who has successfully performed over 40,000 corneal-based vision correction procedures, such as high-definition all-laser LASIK and PRK. Dr. Brusco graduated with honors from Harvard College, was awarded the STAAR Top 100 International Surgeon honor multiple years, and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the Refractive Surgery Alliance. He is a founding member of the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences, an organization on a global scale. Most recently, Dr. Brusco personally was performing close to 1% of all LASIK procedures in the US annually.

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