LASIK: Will It Last?

If you are considering LASIK vision correction you may be looking at the bigger picture. That is, not just how much it will cost, or how the recovery will go, or what conditions it can treat, but also how well it will serve you in the future. It is always a great idea before having any medical procedure done to understand all these elements to ensure that you are making the right medical decisions for your unique needs.

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What is LASIK?

LASIK has become a broadly used term to refer to an eye surgery that is meant to correct vision, allowing people who once required correction to see without the aid of glasses or contacts.  There are several different procedures today that fall under the broad term LASIK.  In short, LASIK is a surgical procedure that utilizes the use of blades or lasers that reshape your cornea to allow for improved vision.

LASIK can provide improved vision for a wide variety of patients with different vision issues including but not limited to:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism

Each patient will need to discuss their unique set of circumstances with their eye doctor. There are many considerations when determining if LASIK is right for you.

Will LASIK Stand the Test of Time?

It is important to understand that LASIK may not be a one-time solution for your vision needs.  For most patients, the condition that lead to your wanting LASIK was progressive.  That is, your vision continued to get worse leading up to your procedure.  As such, it stands to reason that the same issue will continue to progress even after you have the laser surgery done.

In a study, most patients revealed that they were happy with their LASIK procedure and were able to enjoy much-improved vision for at least 10 years.  35% of respondents had to have the procedure repeated within 10-12 years. Most participants in the study reported that they were happy with the experience and felt that the surgery was worth their time, money and a repeat procedure.  As time has gone on, the procedures have become more sophisticated than ever before, helping to ensure lasting results, as well.

Find a Doctor to Meet Discuss Your LASIK Experience

As you can see, this eye procedure can be a great asset to many patients who want to improve their vision.  Most patients will find that their experience is a good one and are very happy with it.  Finding an eye doctor who performs the surgery will allow you to discuss the exact specifications of your condition, which procedure is best for you, and what you can expect over time.