One of the most common questions people ask about LASIK eye surgery is whether or not the results are permanent. Will you have corrected vision for the rest of your life, or will your eyesight regress at some point? In order to understand the answer, you must first understand what the procedure is designed to accomplish.
LASIK permanently reshapes your cornea to correct refractive disorders – such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Your eye will never regress back to its former shape, so in this sense, the results of LASIK are permanent. However, LASIK cannot prevent other changes to your eyes that may occur as you grow older. For example, presbyopia is a universal eye disorder that causes your eye’s natural lens to harden, losing its flexibility and its ability to focus on near objects. This is why most adults in their 40s and beyond need reading glasses. Additionally, cataracts can develop in the eyes of older patients, interfering with their vision.
Since LASIK eye surgery does not affect your lens – only your cornea – it cannot prevent these separate age-related problems from occurring later in life. In the meantime, however, LASIK can provide you with clear, sharp vision that does not require dependence on glasses or contact lenses, freeing you from the many lifestyle limitations imposed by corrective eyewear. In this sense, it is a life-changing procedure.
If you live in the Beverly Hills area and have further questions about LASIK, please contact The Khanna Institute today or call (877) 254-2662 to schedule a free LASIK screening. We serve patients throughout the Los Angeles area of California.