LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a revolutionary advancement in vision correction that has transformed countless lives by freeing them from relying on glasses and contact lenses. However, a common question often arises: How long does it last? And, more importantly, is laser eye surgery permanent? Read on to learn the longevity of LASIK vision […]
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a revolutionary advancement in vision correction that has transformed countless lives by freeing them from relying on glasses and contact lenses. However, a common question often arises: How long does it last? And, more importantly, is laser eye surgery permanent? Read on to learn the longevity of LASIK vision correction and see for yourself whether the results are truly everlasting.
About LASIK Vision Correction
The experts at Griffey Eye Center define LASIK as a surgical procedure that reshapes the cornea, correcting refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It involves creating a thin flap in the cornea, then precise extraction of corneal tissue using an excimer laser. This reshaping allows light to focus exactly onto the retina, giving patients improved or even 20/20 vision. This, of course, means no glasses or contacts are needed.
How Long Does LASIK Surgery Last?
Like most surgical procedures, LASIK’s results vary from person to person, but the results are almost always life-changing. Some patients even report immediate vision correction directly after surgery! But the key question remains: how long do these improvements last? The general consensus among experts is that LASIK results are a long-term fix, lasting around 10-15 years on average. Patients can expect to achieve stable vision within a few weeks to several months after the procedure.
Is LASIK Permanent?
The word “permanent” often surrounds the LASIK practice, but it’s important to clarify its meaning in this context. LASIK can significantly reduce or even eliminate the need for visual aids, giving back years of clear vision. However, our eyes can still change over time as we age or develop other ocular conditions. These changes, commonly known as presbyopia, can weaken your eyesight again, causing you to need glasses post-LASIK. So while it’s not 100% permanent, it’s an effective long-term solution that cannot be achieved in other modern surgeries with nearly the same precision.
Factors that Affect Longevity
Every LASIK situation is unique. Factors that influence how long it will last depends on the age at the time of the procedure, their prescription, and their overall eye health. Younger patients might experience more vision changes over time, whereas those with stable prescriptions tend to enjoy prolonged LASIK benefits.
Traits That Spurn the Best Results
- You are at least 18 years old
- Your corneas are healthy & thick
- Your overall eye health is optimal
- Your prescription hasn’t altered within the last year
Relying on LASIK vision correction alone is not enough to maintain your eye health. Practicing good lifestyle habits post-op is vital in ensuring your surgery will benefit you for as long as possible. Activities like excessive UV exposure, eye strain, and certain occupations that require staring at digital screens for prolonged periods might influence the rate at which our eyes age. Adhering to recommended post-operative care and scheduling regular eye exams every one to two years can help preserve the benefits of LASIK for years to come.
The Bottom Line
LASIK is a highly effective procedure that offers long-lasting vision correction for a majority of patients—but it’s not for everyone. While it typically eliminates the need for corrective eyewear, our eyes, like any other body part, continue to change as we age. While LASIK might not be able to halt the natural aging process, it can give years of visual freedom in as little as 10 minutes or less.
Griffey Eye Care’s LASIK Solutions
At Griffey Eye Care & Laser Center, our qualified eye surgeons assess your complete health profile, explain the potential benefits and limitations, and guide you toward making an informed and confident decision about whether LASIK is right for you.
For more information about LASIK and other treatments, book your appointment with us today.
**Please note that the suggestions provided in this blog are for general informational purposes only and may not be suitable for your specific LASIK needs. It is important to consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment.**
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I was referred to Dr. Griffey by several people. I was told he was an excellent ophthalmologist, and they were right. This was my first time meeting him and he made me feel so safe, comfortable and confident that he was providing me with the best and most knowledgeable treatment I could ask for. As I sat in the chair, I observed him interact with a baby he kissed on the forehead, it was so special to see him do that because it showed a gentle side of him, and his interaction with his assistants was nice, professional and straight to the point of what he needed in order to help his patient, I remember him saying to one of them that he was not going to let me leave until he reviewed a report from another doctor about my condition and that really made me feel special because it showed his concern. I don’t think I could have asked for a better doctor. Thank you Dr. Griffey for being the best and hats off to your father and grandfather.
I had a wonderful first appointment. The staff is attentive and the techs and doctors are knowledgeable and take their time really getting to know their patients. So happy to have found them.
I travel from Atlanta, Georgia to see Dr. Griffey, MD, and board certified Ophthalmologist. Dr. Griffey has performed two surgeries on me and I would trust him to do anything he deems necessary. The staff is fantastic and I would recommend Dr. Griffey, to all that needed to see a competent Ophthalmologist!!!
I want to thank everyone at Chesapeake Eye Care for their care on a recent visit. I had an accident involving my eye and even though they were booked, the receptionist worked me in that day. The technician and Dr. Fox saw me promptly and performed a thorough exam. I was very pleased with both of them and appreciated their kindness and professionalism.
My dad had cataract surgery a couple years ago. I was a little nervous for him, he’d been resisting getting surgery for so long. However, the staff and Dr. Griffey were wonderful to him and everything went very smoothly. He had a great experience, and I am thankful to them for making him so comfortable.
The best thing I ever did was get LASIK surgery; it is unbelievable how I can see 20/20. When I get in bed at night I still think … wait….no, I don’t have to take my contacts out and it’s been 3 months. It was wonderful in Mexico also with not having to worry about contacts and all the solutions to bring with me. I had an amazing experience with my LASIK surgery with Dr. Paul Griffey and his staff! I would definitely recommend him to friends and family!!!
I sent my mom to Dr. Griffey for a 2nd opinion on her eyes. Years later, I am still satisfied with the care he has provided. She had an appointment today and Dr. Griffey called me personally to discuss my concerns. WOW!!!!! GREAT PROVIDER!!!!!! I also referred my dad to him after a bad cataract surgery elsewhere. Dr Griffey did his 2nd eye without complications. THANK YOU for taking care of my parents! I have 30+ years in the business as a licensed optician and have worked with many doctors, I would recommend Dr. Griffey to any patient for care!!!!!!!!!!
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Thank you for being The Best…
We both underwent cataract surgery, in both eyes. Barbara’s was in September of 2018. Mine was in December 2018. We both had excellent experiences, from her first visit, to my last. Dr. Griffey, as well as everyone on his staff, (that we came in contact with), were prompt and very professional. Yet, at the same time they were relaxed and very friendly. We were very impressed that everyone, asked, if we had any questions.
And, we can both see 20/20 again!!.
There was an general atmosphere of confidence and calmness throughout his practice, as well as within the Chesapeake Surgical Center. That made us both feel very comfortable, and well cared for. We have never before experienced such a well run practice. We have, (and will continue to), highly recommend Dr. Griffey to anyone who needs eye care.
Barbara and Eddie
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