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How Long Does Laser Eye Surgery Last?

5 November 2021

If the idea of laser eye surgery is something you’re considering, one of the main questions you probably have is how long does laser eye surgery last? Truthfully, there is no one definitive answer to how long does laser eye surgery last – we are all individuals, and like any surgery or procedure, the results will differ.

But there’s a little more to it than that, and we know that choosing laser eye surgery to enhance your eyesight is probably not a decision that you’ll take lightly, which is why we’re going to look at the subject in a little more detail below?.

How long does laser eye surgery last?

If you’re tired of squinting at small print or constantly reaching for your glasses to read anything from the instructions on food packaging to an interesting article in your local newspaper, you might be wondering if laser treatment to correct your eyesight is worthwhile as a long-term solution.

The good news is that by shaping the cornea, laser eye surgery will permanently enhance your vision and correct the majority of refractive errors.

Are you affected by:

  • Headaches caused by reading for more than a few minutes?
  • A loss of focus when looking at small print?
  • The annoyance of having to keep putting your reading glasses on?
  • The embarrassment of squinting at labels and still not knowing what they say?
  • The nuisance of text being blurred when it’s close?

You’re not alone, by any means.

As time goes by, our eyes lose their flexibility and muscular power. This makes it more difficult to focus on words or objects that are at a close range – something known as presbyopia. It affects most of us from the age of 40 onwards – and it usually means you will need glasses for reading.

However, there is an alternative to becoming dependent on glasses or contact lenses and Optegra offers vision correction treatments which can help to correct this common complaint.

What are some long lasting laser eye surgery solutions?

Optegra offers three different laser eye surgery solutions for attaining better long-term vision: LASIK, LASEK and SMILE.

  • LASIK: this is the most popular laser eye surgery procedure. Your surgeon uses a laser to create a flap in the eye which is then raised to allow the cornea to be reshaped.
  • LASEK: some patients aren’t suitable for LASIK due to dry eyes, thin corneas or serious issues with focusing. Whilst LASIK creates a flap, LASEK involves loosening the surface of the cornea and folding it back to then reshape it.
  • SMILE, or ReLEx SMILE, is a less invasive treatment which reshapes the cornea via a keyhole procedure as opposed to creating a flap.

How long do LASIK, LASEK or SMILE last?

If you are contemplating LASIK, LASEK or SMILE and want to know how long laser eye surgery lasts, you will be reassured to know that all three of these procedures are permanent.

In addition to permanence, the majority of patients who have LASIK surgery achieve 20/20 vision – meaning they can see an object from 20 feet away. As reference, 20/20 vision is what someone with ‘normal’ eyesight has, without wearing contact lenses or glasses.

However, no matter whether you choose LASIK, LASEK or SMILE laser eye treatment it is important to know that there are certain factors which may lead to your vision changing after the procedure. Truthfully, there is no one definitive answer to how long does laser eye surgery last – we are all individuals, and like any surgery or procedure, the results will differ.

For example, the natural ageing of the eye which leads many of us down the presbyopia road means that, even after laser eye surgery, some of us might find we still need glasses for tasks such as driving or reading small print – even though in most cases the need for glasses will be dramatically reduced.

Is laser eye surgery permanent for everyone?

There are also other factors which can lead to the vision changing after the procedure such as your vision gradually reverting back towards your original prescription – although this is not common.

In addition, certain health conditions can affect the outcome of how long laser eye surgery lasts. For example, in the unlikely event that the surgery does not heal well, or if hormonal imbalances occur, such as during pregnancy or the menopause, or if someone has diabetes.

Another eye complaint such as a cataract could also have an adverse effect on the eyesight after laser eye surgery.

What’s next?

Laser eye surgery is permanent but like any medical procedure this does depend on you, your issue, and any future changes to your health. Having said that, it is an incredibly safe and successful procedure and countless people have found that it has changed their lives for the better.

If you’d like to find out more about how permanent laser eye surgery can help you regain the quality of life you may have thought was lost and you’d like to know more about how long LASIK, LASEK and SMILE lasts, contact us today and we’ll be happy to arrange a free consultation and answer any of your questions.

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