March 30, 2010

Can your vision still get worse after laser eye surgery?

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After you receive laser eye surgery, can your vision still get worse? I've been wearing glasses for years and im only 18, andit seems like i keep having to get stronger prescrption, so i was wondering if it would be sort of A CURE-ALL?

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3 Responses to “Can your vision still get worse after laser eye surgery?”
  • ansq March 30, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    i dont know if it can get worst, but i know sometimes you dont get 100% correction with laser surgery whereas you could with glasses. once you get laser eye surgery and if its not 100% you cannot get correction with glasses anymore.

  • EyeGuy March 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Laser eye surgery is not a cure-all. Your eyes can change after surgery, just like they can change after getting an eyeglasses prescription. They could change in a year, or in ten years, or they might never change.

    This is one reason that laser surgery is only performed on adults -- because your eyes are more likely to change when you are younger.

    If you have surgery, and then your eyes change, you can get a laser "enhancement" -- that is, they'll do another surgery to correct your eyes to your new needs.

    Remember, though, that laser eye surgery involves removing corneal tissue. So you can't just keep doing the procedure again and again.

  • Alicia L March 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Yes, your vision can get worse even after LASIK. Most ophthalmologists won't preform LASIK on a patient until they've had a stable refraction for 3 years. Even after LASIK, most people will eventually need readers once they reach 40 or so. LASIK is not a cure-all, just another alternative for glasses.

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