LASIK is a permanent procedure that can correct your natural refractive error and allow you to see clearly with reduced dependence on visual aids like glasses and contacts. However, LASIK cannot prevent the changes your eyes will undergo as you age and the visual symptoms that come along with those changes.
Keep reading to learn more about LASIK and if the procedure is permanent!
How Does LASIK Work?
LASIK is laser-assisted surgery that permanently reshapes the cornea to correct refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It’s a two-step process. First, your LASIK surgeon will cut a flap on the surface of your cornea to access the tissue underneath.
Then they will remove a precise and predetermined amount of tissue from the cornea and reshape it to correct your refractive error.
What is a LASIK Consultation?
In order to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK, you will need to visit your eye doctor at Metro Eye Care in Paramus, New Jersey, for a LASIK consultation. During a LASIK consultation, your eye doctor will take all of the necessary measurements to determine if LASIK may be a good option for you.
These measurements will also help them plan the procedure specific to the unique aspects of your eye so that your LASIK surgery is smooth and efficient. Altering the shape of your cornea will result in significantly improved vision.
With LASIK vision correction, you may even be able to see better than you ever could with glasses or contacts.
Will LASIK Help with Age-Related Vision Changes?
LASIK corrects your natural refractive error, which causes you to require visual aids to allow you to see well enough to perform most of your routine activities. As you age, you will experience changes in your vision that typically occur in adults forty years and older.
The first condition you will experience is presbyopia. Presbyopia is the eye’s reduced ability to focus on objects up close.
Presbyopia is very common among older adults. When you begin to notice that you have difficulty working on a computer screen, browsing your phone, or reading a book, it may be because of presbyopia.
You’ll be able to correct this with reading glasses from the drugstore and, eventually, through cataract surgery. However, LASIK will not be able to prevent these changes from happening to your vision later in life.
Another condition that develops due to age is cataracts. While they can begin in adults in their forties or fifties, the symptoms may not be apparent at first as most cataracts grow slowly and don’t affect your sight in a dramatic or sudden way.
You may experience duller colors, halos, or glare around lights, and it may be more challenging to read without bright lights or drive a car at night.
As the condition worsens, you will eventually need cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an intraocular lens.
Whether you choose LASIK surgery or not, both presbyopia and cataracts will likely affect you later in life. Although LASIK can restore your vision and correct your refractive error, it won’t prevent or correct vision issues caused by other eye conditions.
However, don’t let worries about your aging eyes prevent you from choosing LASIK surgery today!
Enjoy the Freedom of LASIK
LASIK gives you independence from glasses and contacts, helps you feel more confident and assured, makes exercise and being outdoors more comfortable, and adds to your sense of freedom. Choosing LASIK will reduce the frustration that comes from living with refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
LASIK surgery is considered a method of permanent vision correction. Unless you experience other changes in your eyes, you will experience the results of this procedure for a lifetime!
Are you interested in learning if you are a candidate for LASIK? Schedule an appointment at Metro Eye Care in Paramus, NJ, today!