Can You Get Lasik A Second Time?

The Second Time Around

and the answer is, a little blurry.

Just like your prescription for eyeglasses has changed slowly over time, so too, will your vision after laser eye surgery.

So another question arises, “can you have laser eye surgery twice?” and the answer is yes, pending your doctor’s approval.

Can you get Lasik twice?

However, due to the natural aging process of the eye the effects of this permanent procedure may change, and even reduce, over time. Which begs the question: is it possible to have laser eye surgery more than once? In short, the answer is yes, but it’s not quite that simple.

How often does Lasik need to be redone?

With modern LASIK, the enhancement rate is 1-2 percent in the first 12 months and then about 1 percent a year after that as patients’ eyes can change with time. So, for example, 10 years after LASIK, approximately 10 percent of patients may require an enhancement procedure to maintain their excellent vision.

Can PRK be repeated?

PRK can accurately correct nearsightedness. Approximately 90% of PRK patients have 20/20 vision without glasses or contact lenses one year after the surgery. Over 95% have 20/40 or better without glasses or contacts.

How many Lasik enhancements can be done?

The Bottom Line on LASIK Enhancements

The majority of LASIK patients achieve their vision goals with LASIK: 90 percent get to 20/20 or better vision after the procedure. So, the likelihood you will want a LASIK enhancement is pretty small.

Will I still need glasses after Lasik?

Since LASIK surgery is typically performed to correct distance vision and refractive errors rather than issues stemming from presbyopia, whether or not you will need reading glasses after LASIK depends on your age. If you’re under 40, LASIK surgery will not cause you to need reading glasses, contrary to misconceptions.

Can your eyes get worse after Lasik?

In most cases the improved vision LASIK surgery provides is permanent. But in a limited number of cases — usually due to changes that can occur in the lens inside the eye, with or without LASIK surgery — some nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism can return over time, causing blurry vision.

Can I get Lasik surgery twice?

LASIK is a permanent surgical procedure that alters the shape of your cornea to help you see more clearly. In some cases, you may need a secondary, or enhancement surgery, after an initial LASIK procedure. In general, there is no limit on how many LASIK procedures you can get in your lifetime.

How long does Lasik last on average?

Long-Lasting Results

Prospective patients often ask me, “after successful LASIK, how long will the results last?” The answer for most people is years or even decades. However, there are some exceptions to the rule. Approximately 5 percent of patients develop small changes in their eyes that require a second procedure.

How long does it take for Lasik to stabilize?

three to six months

How long is vision blurry after PRK?

Vision with LASIK will be corrected almost instantaneously, there will be little to no pain and full recovery is a few weeks after surgery. With PRK, you may experience blurry vision for a minimum of 4 days after the surgery and full recovery takes about 4-12 weeks after surgery.

How long does it take to get 20/20 vision after PRK?

Most people see 20/20 or better after PRK, as clearly as they would after LASIK. But vision recovery takes longer after PRK, and it may be three to six months before optimum vision is attained. In some cases, prescription glasses may be needed temporarily until healing progresses and vision improves.

Is PRK safer than Lasik?

Flap creation is now a very safe procedure. Conversely, with PRK, because of the delayed healing (3–5 days, compared with about 3–5 hours with LASIK), there is an increased amount of time when the epithelium is not protecting the cornea and the stroma. This places the patient at an increased risk of infection.