Is LASIK Surgery Permanent?

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LASIK is a permanent form of laser eye surgery. It reshapes the surface of the eye, the cornea, which has a lasting impact on your vision. It changes your eyes to permanently correct the prescription you had before the surgery. According to recent statistics, after LASIK, 99 percent of patients achieve driving vision better than 20/40 vision and more than 90 percent achieve 20/20 or better.

According to the American Refractive Surgery council, a recent study in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery of patient-reported data concluded quality-of-life and satisfaction rates remained high 5 years after LASIK1.  The study also reported more than 94% of patients stated they were not wearing distance prescription lenses 5 years after having LASIK.

It is important to remember that your eyes, like the rest of your body, age. And the natural aging process can affect your vision.

1. Patient reported outcomes 5 years after laser in situ keratomileusis. SC Schallhorn, JA Venter, D Teenan, SJ Hannan, KA Hettinger, M Pelouskova, JM Schallhorn. J Cataract & Refractive Surgery:42(6).2016.879-889.

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