Question: I have a question about how long the effect of LASIK Surgery lasts. I am 22 years and my prescription is -7.5 D in both eyes . I want to know that LASIK can provide 20/20 for my prescription and whether my age is appropriate for LASIK or whether I should wait a year or two. I have also heard from many people that LASIK Surgery only lasts for 10 to 12 years and then have to go back to glasses again. Is this true?
Answer: First, the only way to know if you are a candidate for LASIK or any type of Laser Eye Surgery for vision correction is to have a thorough consultation with a top LASIK Surgeon. From a technical perspective -7.50 D is well within the treatable range of LASIK IF your eyes are healthy with an adequate corneal thickness and shape and healthy and adequate tear film. However, 20/20 should NOT be the expectation or goal. Deceasing your dependence on eyeglasses or contacts for seeing at a distance is a more appropriate goal. These are no guarantees of 20/20 for anyone-LASIK is surgery and each eye heals slightly differently. Your age is not a limit AS LONG AS YOUR PRESCRIPTION IS STABLE-the key element here is the stability of your prescription and not your age. The effect of LASIK does NOT diminish after 10-12 years. Your eyes may change for other reasons but the change in corneal shape from LASIK does not reverse-it is permanent. Your next step is to schedule a consultation with the best LASIK Surgeon you can find in your area.
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