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.
Will I ever need glasses after Lasik?
Need for glasses/contacts. After even a perfect LASIK outcome, it’s likely you will need reading glasses sometime in the future. LASIK does not slow the normal aging change in the eye called presbyopia that affects near vision after age 40.
Can your eyesight get worse after laser eye surgery?
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.
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.
How many years does Lasik last?
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.