Can My Sight Get Worse Again After Laser Eye Surgery?
Let’s cut straight to the point: Yes, your eye sight can get worse after Laser Eye Surgery.
However, it’s important to point out this is not because the effects of Laser Eye Surgery are temporary. It’s simply due to an unavoidable (as of 2016) part of the body’s ageing process.
Once you’ve recovered from Laser Eye Surgery, the changes made to your cornea by the laser are permanent and completely stable. The eye quickly adapts to your new vision and soon acts as if it was never any different.
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Unfortunately as we all get older, our eyes, along with various other parts of the body, change in unfavourable ways. One way to put it would be all the hard parts get soft and all the soft parts get hard.
A well understood explanation for the changes to our eyesight is Presbyopia—a problem that affects all of us between the ages of 45-65.
This makes it important not to promise Laser Eye Surgery patients that they will never need glasses again—due to the natural effects of Presbyopia, you may need glasses in the future.
The good news is that Laser Eye Surgery can be used to compensate for these small changes by having a simple adjustment or enhancement procedure.
Lead Optometrist Alexandra Lyons answers the question: Can my eyesight get worse after Laser Eye Surgery?
In the short video above, Lead Optometrist at London Vision Clinic Alexandra Lyons explains how your eyesight can still change after Laser Eye Surgery as you get older, but how the changes made by the laser to your cornea are in fact mostly stable.
“The absolute freedom from wearing glasses after so long has changed my life in so many ways. I can now see clearly. My beautiful grandchildren and this amazing world we live in”. Joe
Find out more about what to expect after Laser Eye Surgery:
- What is the worst thing that can happen after Laser Eye surgery?
- What should I do if my eyes are blurry after treatment?
- What is the likelihood of needing an enhancement?
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