If you are considering PRK or LASIK eye surgery, you might be wondering about the amount of time you will be able to enjoy the benefits of this vision correction surgery. The amount of time for which results will last is one of the most common questions we hear about PRK and LASIK surgery when speaking to our patients.

    The good news is that PRK and LASIK surgery results are considered a permanent solution for vision loss, and most people find that their improved eyesight lasts for a lifetime. When your vision is improved during surgery, the curve of the cornea is reshaped, and most of the time, the cornea will maintain this new shape. But, there are a few things that need to be considered that can impact the long-term effects of your vision correction surgery.


    Everyone experiences changing vision throughout their lives, and many people experience a lot of these changes during the early years of their lives. Once a person reaches their mid-20s, it is common for their vision to stabilize, and there may be minimal changes in their prescriptions.

    When you talk with an eye surgeon about PRK or LASIK surgery, they will examine your eyes and determine if your vision has stabilized. If you are still experiencing vision changes, then it might be better for you to wait a while before making the investment in PRK or LASIK eye surgery. If you choose to have surgery before your vision has stabilized, it is possible you will need to have the procedure again because your vision will continue to change after surgery is complete.


    Technology has come a long way over the years, and eye surgeons can offer top-of-the-line treatment methods to improve your vision. But, it is important to remember that there are differences in the way each person’s eyes will heal, which means that the outcomes can be different depending on the person. In most cases, PRK or LASIK surgery is sufficient enough to improve the person’s vision and they don’t need to worry about any other types of vision correction methods.

    But, there are some situations where a person might have PRK or LASIK and won’t achieve the vision correction results that they were expecting. Sometimes, the doctor might make the recommendation to have a second PRK or LASIK enhancement procedure completed, which can help you achieve the results you wanted. Typically, if a second procedure is needed, results will be permanent after the second surgery.


    If you are interested in PRK or LASIK eye surgery, the best thing you can do is talk with a surgeon about the options that are available. The doctor will discuss your medical history and help you determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. This initial consultation is the best way for you to learn more about surgery and about the various factors that need to be considered before you make the decision to have PRK or LASIK.

    Are you considering having PRK or LASIK eye surgery? Call Silverstein Eye Centers today to make an appointment for an eye exam.

    Posted April 7, 2015 by Silverstein Eye Centers
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