Can My Sight Get Worse after Laser Eye Surgery?
When people consider having Laser Eye Surgery Treatment, one of the most common questions we are asked is: “How long will the effects last?” or “Can my sight get worse after getting Laser Eye Surgery?“.
While we are pleased to say that the changes we are able to make to the cornea – changes that improve your vision – are permanent, the answer to these questions is a little more complex.
As we get older, our vision naturally begins to deteriorate. This natural ageing of the eyes is known as Presbyopia – literally translated to ‘old eye’.
Presbyopia eventually gets to us all to some extend. Typically, though, most people start to notice the effect of the condition between the ages of 45 and 65.
The good news is that Laser Eye Surgery can now treat the effects of presbyopia, as well as other common refractive errors, including Myopia (short-sightedness), Hyperopia (long-sightedness), and Astigmatism.
Unfortunately, treatment cannot prevent the effects of Presbyopia from setting in. That’s why it is important that Laser Eye Surgery providers never promise patients that they will never need glasses again. The truth is, that is something that cannot be guaranteed.
Is there a solution?
Even after having your long- or short-sightedness or astigmatism treated successfully, you may still require reading glasses as you get older. Luckily, a second treatment, PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision can be performed, even after a previous Laser Eye Surgery treatment.
This innovative treatment can be used limit the effects of presbyopia and, once again, have you living glasses-free. Better yet, it will not affect any treatment you may have previously had to correct refractive errors.
So, while we cannot guarantee that your sight will not eventually begin to naturally deteriorate after your initial treatment, we can say that it is highly likely that the effects of Presbyopia can be resolved.