How Long Does LASIK Last (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 10 To 25 Years

Lasik eye surgery is an operative method used to correct vision problems like myopia, hypermetropia, and astigmatism. This process is generally for people who either have serious vision problems or want to get rid of wearing eye contact and spectacles. 

Over the past few decades, LASIK surgery has gained much popularity because of its multiple benefits and the effectiveness of this method. The best thing about LASIK surgery is that it is a permanent method to cure eye problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, cataract, and astigmatism.

However, even after getting LASIK surgery done, there might be chances that you will have to get another LASIK enhancement eye surgery after a span of 10 to 25 years.

How Long Does LASIK Last?

After getting done with the LASIK eye surgery, one can start seeing the results within 4 or 5 hours. The results can be better vision, clearer focus, and fixed eye problems without even wearing eye contact or spectacle.

Moreover, in most cases, people with LASIK surgery avail themselves of its benefits for as long as they live. That is why this LASIK eye surgery is known as a permanent method. Getting a surgery of just 20 to 25 minutes long can fix all your vision problems for your entire lifetime.

However, in some cases, people have to undergo LASIK enhancement eye surgery, after 10 to 25 years of getting the main LASIK eye surgery done. LASIK enhancement eye surgery is an additional surgery done after the main surgery, which enhances and improves the vision as well 

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The need to get the LASIK enhancement eye surgery done can depend on factors like age, lifestyle, accuracy for the main surgery, and the progress your eye makes after the main surgery. There are chances that you might even need to get another surgery done, or you may have to get another enhancement surgery done.

In general, the eye functions normally for 10 to 25 years after the LASIK eye surgery. It is so because after 10 to 25 years, the eye becomes less flexible and the old age eye problems become persistent.

Why Does LASIK Last That Long?

LASIK eye surgery makes some changes in the natural eye which results in Presbyopia. Moreover, after a few years of getting the surgery done, it makes the eye lens less flexible which makes it difficult for the eye to see distant and clear images.

Apart from this, age is also a major factor to be considered. If the LASIK eye surgery is done at an early age, around 16 to 18 years, then the surgery can last for 40 to 50 years, and even permanent. However, if it is done later, at an age of around 30 to 40 years, then you might feel the need to get LASIK enhancement eye surgery done.

It is so because when the surgery is done later in age, then the eye problems that generally prevail in old age start showing symptoms. For example, less clear images, inability to see near objects, unable to focus, and other such problems. Thus, as a result, the effectiveness of LASIK eye surgery deteriorates. However, there are no such problems when the surgery is done earlier in age. Thus, it is recommended to get the surgery done at a young age to avail of its benefits.

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Moreover, lifestyle is also a factor that hinders the effectiveness of LASIK eye surgery. After getting the surgery done, it is important to take care of your eyes. If you stay in front of a screen all day, do such activities which may increase strain to your eyes, or make your eyes dry, then the effects of LASIK surgery will be reduced. Thus, you will have to get another LASIK enhancement eye surgery done after 10 to 25 years.

Conclusion

LASIK eye surgery is a revolutionary method to cure your vision permanently. However, there are chances when the effectiveness of the surgery will be reduced and you will then have to get another LASIK enhancement eye surgery done.

Generally, LASIK lasts for 10 to 25 years, but you can make it last longer by following some steps. It is important to get the surgery done at an early age to make its effectiveness last long. 

Moreover, one must take care of eyes to increase the effectiveness and make LASIK eye surgery a permanent method.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3679260/
  2. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p637.html?utm_source=bradfordtoday.ca&utm_campaign=bradfordtoday.ca&utm_medium=referral
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