How long does Laser Eye Surgery last?

Mr Glenn Carp conducting a laser eye surgery test

For a procedure that can be performed in less than 12 minutes, you’d be right in questioning how long its effects last.

That’s without even mentioning ReLEx SMILE, the latest treatment to come out of the industry, that only takes several minutes to conduct. This even shorter treatment time also means less time spent in recovery, and potentially even more scepticism.

I mean, it’s not often you hear someone can have surgery one morning and be back at work the very next day — surely there must be a catch.

Well, just like many modern advances in medical technology, there isn’t a catch (except maybe the price). What’s more, eye surgery is unique in that it benefits from several advantages compared to the rest of the body, such as the relatively easy access to the eye and the incredible healing powers of the cornea. Combined with the latest technology, this means surgeons can adjust your vision with quick and minimally-invasive techniques.

This is to say Laser Eye Surgery does not safeguard your vision from the effects of ageing eyes — otherwise known as presbyopia — which tends to set in around middle age. To correct against presbyopia a simple enhancement procedure or reading glasses may be necessary.

How Laser Eye Surgery changes your vision

The laser is programmed according to your individual measurements and prescription, whether it be shortsightedness (myopia), longsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism. It is then used to reshape your cornea, eliminating the tissue that causes the imperfections in your vision.

Reshaping the corneal curvature through the removal of tissue negates the idea that your vision can regress to its original standard after Laser Eye Surgery. For this to occur the severity of your prescription would have to progress — an unlikely occurrence that can be ruled out by making sure you have a stable prescription before you have surgery.

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Unfortunately, no matter how thorough your initial consultation or how brilliant your surgeon, you can not avoid the effects of ageing on the eyes. And I’m not talking about crow’s feet — presbyopia, which literally translates to “old eye”, typically begins around the age of forty five and affects nearly everyone.

Presbyopia describes how, with age, the lens of the eye loses its ability to focus on objects in your near vision. This normally results in the need for reading glasses but can also today be resolved with a revolutionary Laser Eye Surgery technique known as PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision.

Aside from the body’s natural ageing process, the effects of Laser Eye Surgery can last a lifetime. This is why we advise patients to not delay in booking their consultation so they get the most out of having clear and hassle-free vision.

If you’d like to book a consultation with us or find out more about the effects of Laser Eye Surgery, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.

How long does laser eye surgery last?

8 Comments
  1. Nikki Wheeler 05/02/2017 at 00:05

    I would like to book a consultation a.s.a.p. please.
    Contact tel: 07703-525520

    • Bethany Kingsley 06/02/2017 at 10:19

      Hi Nikki,
      One of my colleages has sent you over some information this morning. We hope to chat soon.
      Have a good day.
      London Vision Clinic

  2. jashan 13/04/2017 at 00:47

    Is lasik laser eye surgery is permanent

    • Bethany Kingsley 18/04/2017 at 13:04

      Hi Jashan,
      The changes made to the cornea are permanent, however, the eye continues to change with age etc. I would recommend you have a consultation to determine your suitability and get any questions answered specific to your eyes and requirements. Please contact the clinic on 020 7224 1005 for more information.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  3. tina 25/04/2018 at 21:59

    can laser eye surgery be done if you have a very strong prscription,,in the 7.s ? and is it dearer ,the stronger the prescription ?

    • Chloe Lay 04/05/2018 at 09:22

      Hi Tina. Yes it can, and we recommend you contact us to discuss this further on 020 7224 1005. Many Thanks, London Vision Clinic

  4. Stuart Bell 02/08/2019 at 15:26

    I wear varifocal for near and far, how much is the cost and how long does it last, I am 67yrs old, also do you have any clinics near North Wales. Thank you

    • Chloe Lay 05/08/2019 at 14:33

      Hi Stuart,
      We are based in Central London only and our clinic is located on Harley Street. You may wish to look into the procedure Laser Blended Vision, which addresses the need for both distance and near vision correction. You would need to chat with one of our Patient Care Coordinators on 020 7224 1005 to find out more information and which fee category you may fall within based on your unique prescription. Whilst the effects from the laser treatment are permanent, a humans physiology is continuously changing.
      Kind Regards,
      London Vision Clinic

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