Question: How Many Times Can You Do Lasik?

Can you do Lasik multiple times?

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.

There are risks with multiple surgical procedures, and it may not be the best option for everyone.

How often can you do Lasik?

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 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.

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 much does Lasik cost?

While charges for LASIK procedures vary widely by practice and region, the average cost of LASIK is between $1,500 to $3,000 per eye depending on the type of the procedure, surgeon and region of the country. Often extremely low prices of $399 or $695 are very unrealistic and considered bait and switch pricing.

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.

Will I 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. So if you wear reading glasses, you should keep them on hand after your LASIK procedure.

How many years does Lasik last?

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.

What are the disadvantages of laser eye surgery?

Risks of LASIK include:

  • Dry eyes. LASIK surgery causes a temporary decrease in tear production.
  • Glare, halos and double vision. After surgery you may have difficulty seeing at night.
  • Undercorrections.
  • Overcorrections.
  • Astigmatism.
  • Flap problems.
  • Vision loss or changes.

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

Answer: While many patients see 20/20 on the next day after LASIK, it is also common for many patients to require additional time (days or weeks or even months) before the best vision is achieved. Studies show that vision continues to improve following LASIK vision correction for up to a year after the procedure.

Can I get laser eye surgery twice?

Can You Have Laser Eye Surgery Twice? For most people, the outcome of laser eye surgery is permanent, thanks to the high success rates of the procedure. Fortunately, so long as the corneal tissue (on the front of your eye) is thick enough and your eyes are healthy, you can receive repeat laser eye treatment.

Does cornea grow back after Lasik?

In LASIK, a thin flap is created on the cornea with a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser. This flap is lifted to expose the underlying corneal tissue and is replaced after the cornea is reshaped with an excimer laser. The epithelium repairs itself (grows back over the corneal surface) within a few days after surgery.