How long does LASIK really last?

A common misconception about LASIK that we often hear is that it’s temporary. While perfect vision may not last forever, LASIK is anything but a temporary fix. Let us explain…

All Vision Naturally Declines Over Time

Unfortunately, it’s just a fact of life that everyone’s vision worsens to some degree as they get older. That being said, the benefits of LASIK are anything but fleeting. If you get LASIK in your 20s or 30s, there’s a strong change your vision will remain near perfect for 10-20 years. After the first decade or so, your eyesight will naturally begin to worsen ever so slightly.

But think about it. Your vision is now going to worsen at the starting point of near perfect. Had you never had LASIK, your eyesight would worsen from where they were initially. Basically, you could either go from perfect to slightly less than perfect, or from bad to worse. We think the choice is clear!

LASIK is a Permanent Procedure

By physically reshaping the cornea, LASIK surgery permanently corrects some of the most common eye problems, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. With 96% of patients walking away from the table with 20/20 vision or better, LASIK has an incredible success rate. Of those 96% of people, most will have their 20/20 vision for roughly 10 years. After that first decade or two, vision naturally begins to decline by around 1% or less a year.

LASIK and Your Quality of Life

If there’s one thing we hear most often from past patients it’s, “I should have done this years ago!” Not only does LASIK eliminate the need for costly contacts and glasses for many years, but it most importantly improves your quality of life. No longer will you have to carry around solution, a glasses case, or extra contacts. You also won’t have to take your contacts out before getting in the pool or taking a nap on a flight.

How Long is the LASIK Procedure?

This is where the really good news comes in. A 15-minute procedure could be the only thing between you and decades of 20/20 vision!

If you’re considering getting LASIK surgery, contact Dr. Barry Wasserman! Dr. Wasserman is an accomplished LASIK surgeon, pediatric ophthalmologist, and educator. As a certified AMO/VISX Excimer Laser surgeon, he performs LASIK refractive surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. He is also a board-certified ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of New Jersey Eye Laser Centers at Princeton.

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