The risks of laser eye surgery are very small, and your consultant will discuss them with you in depth as part of the consultation process. For an overview of the potential risks to be aware of, click on the link.
How does age affect laser eye surgery?
The eye evolves over the course of its lifetime. Optical errors, which cause vision issues, are very often age related. As you grow from infancy the eye changes, with a period of stabilisation in the early to mid 20s in most cases.
Depending at which point in your life you have had the laser eye correction procedure, you should be aware that your vision will still be subject to the natural ageing process.
Are further procedures required?
As a result of the ageing process, there is a myth that laser eye surgery is not permanent. As mentioned, the changes made to the cornea itself are permanent. However, the natural effects of ageing mean patients are not guaranteed 100% vision forever.
In addition, a small percentage of the patients who undergo treatment could see their eyesight regress, and may benefit from a secondary treatment. This is due to the natural healing process that happens after surgery.
People all recover at different rates and a small percentage of patients (around 2-4%) will either under or over heal. At Optegra, we provide comprehensive aftercare, during which your ophthalmic surgeon will monitor your recovery and let you know if further attention is required. Any additional treatment is usually carried out between three to six months after the initial surgery.
However, in the majority of cases, there is no need for any further treatment once the laser surgery is complete.