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Can You Have LASIK Twice?
7 Doctor Answers | Asked by Eva S in Seattle, WA
IF your distance vision has began to become blurry, a second procedure may be possible. This is routinely done if the patients cornea is healthy and there is enough tissue left (we remove a very small amount of tissue every time we do LASIK). The surgeon may also choose to do a different type of refractive procedure for your enhancement. This will depend on the status of your cornea and technology available to the surgeon. If your distance vision is still fine but your near has began to...
It is possible to have your laser procedure touched up(we call this an enhancement) years later if necessary. Although the results of your initial LASIK procedure will be permanent, there is a chance that your vision can change a slight bit, or that laser technology might allow us to do other things with your vision later on. If this is a possibility you would need to have a full examination again to be sure your cornea is thick enough and all of the other parameters are suitable, but...
Repeat LASIK is sometimes possible even years later
There is no certain answer to this and it depends on your particular case. If the eye is well healed, there is adequate tissue left, and there is a significant benefit in doing more surgery, then a repeat LASIK may be performed. Our experience is in lifting flaps for retreatments this many years out there is a higher chance of complications such as epithelial ingrowth and you need to discuss this with your doctor. Sometimes a surface or PRK treatment can be performed, but this is...
Most people that have LASIK are able to have a second or enhancement procedure. For at least the first year, assuming that there is a safe amount of cornea left, that would involve lifting the flap. If an enhancement is needed further out, the treatment may be safer with surface ablation.
Re-treatment for LASIK
The short answer is yes, it is very likely you could undergo a re-treatment or enhancement procedure. You must, however, be carefully screened by your surgeon to ensure that there is enough remaining corneal thickness to safely correct your residual nearsightedness or farsightedness. Whether it is your first or second surgery, in order to decrease the chance of needing a re-treatment, you and your surgeon should be sure that your prescription has remained stable for at least a year or...
Repeat LASIK For Right Circumstances
If a person has had LASIK and is under or over corrected, or has astigmatism which affects vision or is less than 20/20, a touch up LASIK or "enhancement" can be performed. I prefer a Custom Wavefront enhancement which corrects both refractive errors and wavefront abnormalities, and is a unique treatment for each eye corrected. As long as the cornea is thick enough, the original flap is lifted for the treatment, so the procedure is less involved that the original LASIK. Dr.Christenbury
You can usually have LASIK done again, provided your cornea is thick enough, so you don't go too deep into your cornea, which would not be safe i used to enhance LASIK flaps by relifting, or recutting when it was all scarred down so i couldn't get the flap back up again (which is probably your case because it was 8 yrs ago) the reason this is not ideal is the risk of epithelial ingrowth is 10x higher after an enhancement, because the flap edges are all raggety and not smooth,...