Life without glasses or contacts is a beautiful thing. Imagine walking in the rain, no spatter on your glasses or waking up in the morning and being able to see, right when you open your eyes. After LASIK, our patients revel in their newfound clear vision and look forward to enjoying a lifetime without glasses. What happens if your vision changes after LASIK? Can you get you get laser eye surgery twice? Find out below or call our offices for a personalized LASIK consultation.
What Causes Vision Changes After LASIK?
LASIK surgery provides long lasting vision correction. Most of our patients will only need LASIK once and will enjoy better vision for a lifetime. However, some patients may experience vision changes at some point after surgery. Let’s explore a few of the factors that can cause visual changes after you’ve healed from LASIK surgery.
- Progression of Myopia or Hyperopia– You wouldn’t buy a single pair of glasses and expect them to work for a lifetime. Vision changes over time. If you have nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia), this can continue to progress after LASIK. The good news is, LASIK permanently corrects your vision at the time you have the surgery. Yes, your vision may still change, but most patients will always enjoy better vision because of LASIK surgery. Vision changes are typically small and progress slowly. That’s why you don’t notice your vision changing between visits to the eye doctor. Changes are subtle and slow. Many patients won’t be bothered by these subtle changes and won’t need glasses or contacts to see.
- Pregnancy– Hormones from pregnancy and breastfeeding can change vision, but these changes are usually temporary. Most women become more nearsighted, but farsightedness can occur. Once you’re no longer pregnant or lactating, your vision should revert to your pre-pregnancy vision. Give it time and you probably won’t need LASIK again.
- Presbyopia– It doesn’t matter if you’ve had LASIK surgery or not or if you have nearsightedness or farsightedness, all eyes will eventually suffer from a condition called presbyopia. Healthy, young eyes can easily focus due to an elastic, flexible lens. As you get older, the lens becomes less flexible. Most people will notice dramatic changes in their ability to focus during their 40s and many will require reading glasses. Presbyopia can also be treated using laser surgery and a corneal inlay.
Can I Get LASIK Again If My Vision Changes?
Get LASIK surgery now and enjoy better vision for the rest of your life. Most patients will not need LASIK again. If your vision changes enough that you want to have LASIK again, come see us. Most patients can get LASIK again if needed. We are happy to discuss all of your options if you’re bothered by vision changes after LASIK surgery.
For patients with presbyopia, we are excited to offer laser surgery using the KAMRA corneal inlays. This specialized inlay helps the eye with focusing, compensating for age-related changes to the lens of the eye. If you’re tired of using reading glasses and want clear vision with presbyopia, come see us. Many of our former LASIK patients return for corneal inlays as they get older to eliminate the need for reading glasses as their vision changes. Presbyopia will happen to almost everyone, LASIK surgery or not, but it is treatable using innovative new technologies. In addition to the KAMRA inlays, we also offer Raindrop inlays, Lifestyle LASIK, and monovision treatments. Come see us to discuss your options.
Better LASIK = Longer Lasting Results
If you’re making an investment into your vision with LASIK surgery, make sure you’re getting the best results possible. Although vision can continue to change after laser surgery, most of our patients won’t need future surgeries. Dr. Will is a top refractive surgeon in the Pacific Northwest. He uses the latest technologies, like bladeless LASIK and iDesign Wavefront testing, to achieve the best possible results. Many patients achieve 20/20, 20/15, or even 20/12.5 vision. With results this good, changes to vision are often unnoticeable and don’t require retreatment. Enjoy life without glasses or contacts!
If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, come into Will Vision and Laser Centers for a LASIK consultation. Elsewhere, look for a highly experienced refractive surgeon that is using the latest technologies. These surgeons aren’t the cheapest option, but they do consistently provide better results. Help your LASIK results to last by choosing the right surgeon for your initial laser eye surgery.
Although you can get LASIK twice if necessary, most our patients enjoy clear vision for a lifetime after their initial laser eye surgery at Will Vision and Laser Centers. Call us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Will and to learn more about our vision correction options.