The short answer is LASIK lasts a lifetime. LASIK surgery gives patients suffering with poor or blurry eyesight the freedom of clear vision. Corrective eye surgery can be a great option for those suffering with blurry vision, however when the surgery takes place can greatly affect the long-term results.
Having LASIK surgery when patients are between 18 and their mid-30s is ideal for positive, long-lasting results. The eyes are still very healthy and unlikely to change after surgery. Corrective eye surgery is still an option for patients over 40, however, the results may mean relying on corrective lenses for actives, like reading, due to presbyopia.
LASIK can remove the temporary fix of corrective lenses and provide the permanent freedom of clear vision. Here’s how LASIK can affect you in the long run.
How long does LASIK last if you’re 18 to late 30s?
When considering LASIK eye surgery, taking your age into consideration can be the difference between having clear vision for years and reverting back to corrective lenses. There are a few key factors when determining if right now is the perfect time for you to undergo treatment.
Your vision will likely continue to change until you reach your mid-20s . Before surgery, it’s key that your vision has remained stable for two years. If your vision hasn’t stabilized before surgery, the procedure will likely not be able to fully correct your vision. This can lead to a greater risk for blurry vision in the future. In your late 20s, you’re usually more financially stable and responsible which makes setting up a payment and vision recovery plan for success.
LASIK surgery within this age range will likely last your lifetime.
How long does LASIK last if you’re in your late 40s to early 80s?
LASIK is a permanent solution for poor, blurry vision regardless of age. However, it’s ideal to receive the surgery before your mid-40s. Similarly to the rest of our body, our eyes age and can develop new conditions that can cause complications.
After LASIK, most patients recover with clear vision but may require glasses for reading or night driving. However, these conditions may disappear after a month or two post-procedure.
LASIK can correct blurry vision, but it cannot protect your eye from the effects of aging. As you age, your eyesight may begin to blur again. But don’t worry, this a condition called presbyopia. Your vision won’t revert to what it used to be, however you may need to rely on glasses for activities like reading. Your eyes are also still susceptible to other eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma.
In the years since its development, LASIK surgery has helped thousands of patients achieve clear vision. While results vary by patient, LASIK has proven to be an effective and permanent alternative to corrective lenses.
At Williamson Eye Institute, we are dedicated to assisting our patients with their vision and eye-related needs throughout the years. To find out more about our services, visit our website or call our office to schedule a personal consultation. You can also find us on Facebook or LinkedIn.