Are you considering laser eye surgery? If so, the question at the top of your mind is probably: “How long does laser eye surgery last?”
Eye surgery is used to treat a variety of conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, detached retinas, retinal tears, diabetic retinopathy, and nearsightedness or farsightedness.
How long does laser eye surgery last?
Laser eye surgery is an attractive option to fix your vision because it is permanent. You can give up dealing with glasses and contact lenses with one quick and safe surgery. Most patients experience their new corrected vision by the day after the procedure. The recovery time is minimal.
There are a few rare cases where vision could change after laser eye surgery. For example, if your genetics indicate that your vision may continue to change over the years. In that case, the one-time surgery will not prevent that from happening. However, this is an extremely rare occurrence.
If your eyeglasses prescription has not been stable for at least a year your vision could also change after surgery. Patients must wait to have the procedure until after their prescription is stable.
A more common type of vision change is the kind that can come with age. Patients may experience loss of near-sighted vision as they get older. If this happens, patients may qualify for Lens Replacement (RLE). This procedure helps people age 50-plus see without reading glasses or varifocals.
The good news is that for a vast majority of patients, laser eye surgery is permanent. They can live their life without worrying about glasses or contact lenses again.
What is the most common type of eye surgery?
LASIK — Perhaps the most well-known of eye surgeries, LASIK (short for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) uses a laser to reshape the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
What surgery makes your eyes better?
If you’re tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may wonder whether LASIK surgery is right for you. LASIK is a type of refractive eye surgery. In general, most people who have laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery achieve 20/20 vision or better, which works well for most activities.
What is the age limit for laser eye surgery?
Early Adulthood – 18 to 40 Years. It is considered to be the ideal age for laser vision correction, and most doctors prefer to operate as soon as the prescription for glasses has been stable for a year.
Who is not suitable for eye surgery?
Patients with autoimmune diseases are not good candidates for laser eye surgery. Many autoimmune conditions cause dry eye syndrome. A dry eye may not heal well and has a higher risk of post-surgery infection. Other conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, glaucoma or cataracts often affect results.
Do you have to stay in the hospital after eye surgery?
Normally you can go home on the same day as your surgery, but you won’t be able to drive, so arrange for a ride home. Also arrange for help around home, if necessary, because your doctor may limit activities, such as bending and lifting, for about a week after your surgery.
What can you not do with eye surgery?
Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting. Avoid swimming and hot tubs to prevent infection. Don’t wear eye makeup for at least a month. Don’t travel via an airplane.