As more people learn about the benefits and overwhelming success of LASIK surgery, more want to learn if they are candidates. Some of the most frequently asked questions Shreveport LASIK specialist Dr. Russ Van Norman gets are: how long does LASIK last? Does LASIK last forever? Or does LASIK wear off over time? With this blog post, we answer these frequently asked questions and provide insight into the LASIK procedure.
What is LASIK Surgery?
LASIK is a special surgery that reshapes the surface of the cornea. A LASIK specialist like Dr. Russ Van Norman uses a laser to rapidly correct vision problems. It is an outpatient procedure performed in his office and lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. LASIK eye surgery is strongly recommended for individuals with the following conditions
- Myopia (Nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
This surgery is highly effective. Most patients see an improvement in their vision within minutes of the procedure.
Is LASIK Permanent?
In most cases the improved vision LASIK surgery provides is permanent.
Considering every patient’s eyes are unique, it’s difficult to give an exact answer as to how long the results will last.
In a limited number of cases, some nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism can return over time. This can cause blurry vision. The change is usually due to changes that occur in the lens inside the eye, with or without LASIK surgery. Sometimes this type of vision change becomes bothersome. In this case, we recommend a follow-up procedure called a LASIK enhancement. This will restore clear vision.
Like all body parts, our eyes change over time. Most people upon reaching their forties begin to develop presbyopia. Presbyopia is Greek for “aging eyes,” and means that the lens begins to harden. When your lens hardens, it becomes difficult to focus on reading or other tasks requiring near vision. Especially in dimly lit conditions. LASIK cannot prevent this, but will still significantly improve your vision. Even if you had perfect vision into your twenties and thirties, you will likely require reading glasses by your forties. This is because your eyes continue to age.
There’s a chance your vision will change a few years following your LASIK surgery, but it will never be the same vision you had before your procedure.
How Long Does LASIK Last?
Again, it’s impossible to give a concrete amount of time that your improved vision from LASIK will endure. However, the majority of patients experience a decades long improvement in their vision after LASIK surgery.
Even though you may have had LASIK, it’s possible that you may progress from nearsightedness or farsightedness over your lifetime. This is why LASIK surgeons want your vision prescription to stabilize before performing the procedure. If your vision does change, you can opt for retreatment.
Modern LASIK technology has improved a lot since it was originally approved by the FDA in 1995. Over the years, it’s become much safer and effective. Due to the popularity of LASIK, it continues to evolve. Doctors and scientists are exploring options to make it even better for those who may benefit from the procedure.
The amount of people that need an enhancement procedure within the first year following LASIK is extremely low. It hovers around 1 and 2 percent. As time goes on, the number increases by about one percentage point per year. After about 10 years, approximately 10 percent of patients might need a retreatment to maintain their clear vision.
Can Laser Eye Surgery Wear Off?
LASIK is a permanent surgical vision correction procedure. In the surgery, your doctor will use a laser to change the shape of the cornea. Changing the shape can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Once you reshape your cornea, the change will be permanent and therefore, it will not “wear off.”
Is it Worth Getting LASIK After Age 40?
Many patients age 40 or older often question whether LASIK will work for them. There are additional considerations all patients must take into account regarding LASIK. But for many of our Shreveport patients over 40, LASIK can still be a success.
Sometimes special considerations must be given for patients over 40. This is because they are at an age in which eyes are likely to begin to change again. People over 40 often experience presbyopia, also referred to as reading vision and age-related farsightedness. For patients that develop this condition, the close-up vision that they need for reading or working on a computer becomes blurry. This is due to the gradual loss of flexibility in the lens of the eye. Although patients may still address other vision problems through LASIK surgery, some still require low-strength prescription reading glasses due to presbyopia.
How Old Do You Have to Be to Get LASIK?
At minimum,LASIK surgery candidates need to be at least 18 years old. This is because in younger people, vision tends to change frequently. Usually in order to get LASIK your vision prescription must first stabilize.
Though the most common age people get LASIK is between 20 and 45, it depends entirely on the patient and their unique eyes.
LASIK is often just as beneficial for older patients as it is for younger ones. There is no age limit for laser eye surgery. As long as you have a stable vision prescription, physically healthy eyes and are otherwise in good physical health, you are probably a good candidate for LASIK. Eligibility has much more to do with your health than with your age. It’s best to talk to a qualified, experienced LASIK surgeon such asDr. Russ Van Norman.
How Long Does a Laser Eye Surgery Procedure Take?
The actual LASIK procedure normally takes less than 10 minutes per eye. It will depend on your prescription and how much correction your vision needs. But the laser itself only takes 20-50 seconds to improve your vision. Still, you should plan on being in the office for approximately an hour to an hour and a half on the day of your surgery.
Shreveport Eye Specialists is at the forefront of today’s LASIK revolution. We are equipped with a highly qualified team of eye care professionals. Our staff is knowledgeable. The corrective vision technology we use is cutting edge. Our office provides a friendly and cooperative medical facility here in Shreveport. It is designed to deliver patients the highest quality of care through each step of their LASIK surgical procedure.