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LASIK’s Longevity and Your Options for Improvement

Cor­rec­tive eye surgery has been pro­vid­ing peo­ple with a bet­ter vision for years. Gone are the days of hav­ing to strug­gle with con­tacts and glass­es. With so many treat­ment options avail­able, one of the most pop­u­lar pro­ce­dures remains LASIK. This arti­cle aims to answer that one final reser­va­tion you like­ly have…

How long does LASIK last?

If you have received LASIK before, this will shed light on your options mov­ing for­ward.

The vast major­i­ty of LASIK pro­ce­dures enhance vision with­out regres­sion. As with all pro­ce­dures, how­ev­er, there are excep­tions. As we age, our bod­ies inevitably change. The lens inside of your eye(s) changes, as well, and can return your near­sight­ed­ness, far­sight­ed­ness or astig­ma­tism. LASIK reshapes the cornea with lasers and although imper­fec­tions are imme­di­ate­ly removed, there is the pos­si­bil­i­ty of your pre­scrip­tion chang­ing fur­ther and return­ing blur­ry vision. Rest assured, your vision will nev­er be as blur­ry as it was before you under­went LASIK. Patients who do report dete­ri­o­rat­ing vision com­mon­ly expe­ri­ence it years lat­er and enjoy the ben­e­fits of LASIK all the while.

Elderly man examined by an ophthalmologistIf you have had LASIK before and you feel that your vision is wors­en­ing, there is LASIK enhance­ment surgery avail­able. This touch-up is some­times cov­ered in your ini­tial cost but can also be per­formed by a dif­fer­ent eye sur­geon. It is a com­mon­ly per­formed pro­ce­dure with 10% of patients seek­ing enhance­ment 10 years fol­low­ing their ini­tial surgery. Also, keep in mind that a patient with unsta­ble refrac­tion pri­or to surgery is more like­ly to need the enhance­ment down the road.

Every­one devel­ops a degree of pres­by­opia – aging eyes – and laser eye surgery com­bats this. Although it does not pre­vent the nat­ur­al aging of the eye, your vision can be improved. LASIK is a safe, and effec­tive, treat­ment for exist­ing vision issues but does not pre­vent fur­ther com­pli­ca­tions like cataracts and pres­by­opia from devel­op­ing.

Concerned about LASIK limiting treatment options for these conditions later? All treatments for such natural eyesight issues are not impacted by LASIK.

If you are curi­ous about LASIK, or have pre­vi­ous­ly had the pro­ce­dure, con­tact Dia­mond Vision to con­sult the experts. Their cer­ti­fied and excep­tion­al staff will ana­lyze your con­di­tion and over­all health to rec­om­mend a course of action. Even if you feel that your vision after LASIK is dete­ri­o­rat­ing, Dia­mond Vision can per­form your LASIK enhance­ment surgery and have you see­ing clear­ly again. You are not bound to rely on your read­ing glass­es or irri­tat­ing con­tacts. Con­sult Dia­mond Vision to improve your vision and bring back your nor­mal lifestyle.

April 5th, 2018|Comments Off on LASIK’s Longevity and Your Options for Improvement

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.
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