Refractive issues including myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism are fixed by changing the shape of the cornea in a permanent way through a procedure known as LASIK. Thanks to the excimer laser used on the procedure, corrections that are very very little – up to 0.25 microns can be done. After this treatment, patients can see optimally and may not require or need very little help from contact or glasses.
When the impairments are fixed with LASIK eye surgery, the expectation is that the reshaped cornea will remain in good condition for a long time. In fact, those issues that caused the cornea to go bad at first will not repeat themselves. In many cases, vision corrected with LASIK can for a long-term be optimal than vision prior to the procedure.
Will LASIK be long-lasting?
After the cornea has been reshaped in a LASIK eye surgery, the alterations made will remain. If that’s the case, would you just go home and start enjoying your new eyesight? Well, in a case where the first surgical procedure doesn’t give the expected outcome, or there are great changes in your eyes caused by certain health conditions like cataracts, you may need to have a follow-up surgery to improve upon the result of the initial procedure.
Do all LASIK patients need enhancement surgery?
Just around a percent to two of patients who have undergone LASIK may require another surgery to make vision better a year after. This number is very small. Post enhancement surgery, every other year sees a 1% increase in the need for this follow-up procedure. This implies that post 5 years, approximately 5% of patients will be in need for a follow-up surgery to keep their corrected vision in tip-top condition or make it better than it presently is.
If you would prefer not to go through the enhancement surgery you need to have a stable prescription lasting for sometime before your initial LASIK surgery. This is what your doctor will look out for during your consultation amongst other relevant eye checks.
Will I pay for a LASIK enhancement surgery?
While some eye clinics may add the cost of enhancement to LASIK eye surgery and charge nothing extra for the procedure, some other clinics may separate the two surgeries and ask for an additional charge. It all depends on the clinic providing your eyecare. Do find out if these procedures are individually charged for.
LASIK enhancement surgery at The LASIK
At our eye clinic, the cost of enhancement surgery will include in the overall LASIK treatment cost. And our specialists have tons of experience and have done LASIK and alternative treatments to give patients full use of their eyes without visual aids. With a comprehensive 3D eye check, the doctors at The LASIK will confirm if you should get eye correction with laser technology. This is critical before you get surgery because not everyone may be qualified for this treatment.
Will Laser eye surgery fade?
The simple answer is no. However, the usual age-related changes that affect eyes cannot stall by this procedure. This means that your eyesight will change as you grow older regardless of a laser eye surgery. Know also that refractive errors including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and presbyopia will noticeable all through life.
At any age, anyone can develop these issues which are why early and continuous care of the eyes is important. Even if no one knows when they may develop visual impairment, the good thing is that there is treatment already on ground to combat the problems.
Post laser treatment, very young patients commonly experience presbyopia. Also known as over-40 vision, presbyopia is an eye condition that can affect anyone. The older we become, the harder our eye lens struggle to focus on objects that are nearby.
This is so natural that even post LASIK surgery to change the shape of the cornea, this change is imminent. In summary, the cornea may improve upon permanently via laser surgery, but the lens keeps getting old. Does this surprise you? Well, that is just the way nature has made it to be.
A healthy eyes may have need for reading glasses when the person reaches 40 years and above. Similarly, an individual whose vision corrected in their 20s and 30s may require visual aids in middle life. Sometimes, that person may be eligible for a follow-up enhancement surgery.
Early occurrence of presbyopia doesn’t trigger by LASIK surgery. Severe presbyopia never causes by the procedure. This is very critical to keep in mind. Eye changes is not possible to keep at bay by LASIK. Diseases or injuries that may endanger the lens or cornea and LASIK cannot stop them. However, this treatment is able to make eligible candidates free from the use of glasses as their sight will restore.
The Visian ICL is a bio-compatible lens that offers UV protection such that dangerous UVA/UVB rays do not get into the eyes. And it is a drastic prevention mechanism for eye problems like cataracts results from UV rays.
Fast facts about cataract:
- It brings about cloudy and fuzzy vision
- Images look disoriented in the eyes of cataract patients
- Vision at night is poor as a result of age
In the case of cataracts, it must be first treated prior to getting a LASIK eye surgery, otherwise the procedure will not have any positive outcome.
For more enquiry about LASIK and its advantages, you can speak to us at The LASIK. If you’d like to get an extensive eye check to determine your suitability for LASIK laser eye surgery in London. We provide a comprehensive eye examination fore treating underlying conditions via laser surgery.
We would talk about eligibility for LASIK surgery in our next post. Hope you found this article useful.