How Fast Does Eye Surgery Results Deteriorate over Time?

How fast does eye surgery results deteriorate over time?

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Stability of LASIK and Cataract Surgery

In most cases, the results do not deteriorate at all for both Cataract and LASIK surgery.


The eye does continue to age and so you may develop cataract after LASIK or the need for reading glasses just like someone who has not had LASIK. Less than 5% of LASIK patients need a touch up.  This most often happens within the first year.  Normally this can be treated with a LASIK enhancement.


Cataract surgery results are permanent and there should never be a re-treatment unless there is some type of eye disease that would compromise the new lens in some way.

San Diego Ophthalmologist
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Stability of LASIK

LASIK does NOT deteriorate over time. this misperception is caused by people going to doctors who don't properly overcorrect if the person is younger than 30 and their myopia progresses so they need an enhancement. you need to go to a very experienced surgeon who has performed over 1,000 cases, then he or she will overshoot you if you're 25, so when you're 30 and your Rx is stable, your Rx will be zero, and you won't need an enhancement

Emil William Chynn, MD, FACS, MBA
New York Ophthalmologist
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LASIK and other refractive surgery procedures

LASIK does not deteriorate with time in the way that you might be thinking.  LASIK is a permanent change in the curvature of your cornea.  It is performed in the corneal stroma, a location in the eye that does not regrow.  Our eyes do naturally change throughout our lives and these changes occur regardless of having or not having LASIK.  A person in his/her 40's can expect to need reading glasses at some times regardless of LASIK eye surgery.  Cataracts will still occur regardless of LASIK.  In most cases, therefore, the eye will follow the same cycle it would have if you hadn't had LASIK.  The only difference is that LASIK made a permanent change in the corneal curvature at that point in your life.

Jay Bansal, MD
San Francisco Ophthalmologist
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Laser Vision Correction Results

The cornea tissue does not re-grow after laser treatments and the procedure is considered permanent.  However, the eye does continue to age, so vision can change over time.  This is especially true if laser vision correction is performed before the eye prescription has stabilized.  For example, in younger patients their prescription usually won’t stabilize until 26-32 years old. After 40-45 years old, presbyopia (aging of the natural crystalline lens) becomes noticeable. Thankfully, enhancement surgeries can correct most refractive changes that are not due to presbyopia. And, even those with presbyopia have options such as monovision.

Christopher Coad, MD
New York Ophthalmologist
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How long does LASIK last?

Girls over the age of 18-20 and boys sometimes between 19 and 22 or 23 stop growing and their eyes stop changing.  If laser surgery is surgery is done once the eyes stop growing, and modern technology, most people will have excellent distance vision until they get cataracts.

Mark Golden, MD
Chicago Ophthalmologist
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