For the majority of patients, the vision enhancement achieved with LASIK surgery is permanent, particularly when the procedure is performed by a skilled and experienced ophthalmologist using advanced laser technology. That said, a small percentage of individuals may notice some degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism returning years after their procedure, similar to the way your contact lens and glasses prescription might gradually change over time prior to LASIK.
In many instances, individuals who experience slight changes in vision following LASIK surgery are not bothered enough to seek additional visual correction beyond wearing prescription glasses for certain activities, such as nighttime driving. However, for those who do wish to pursue further corrective options, a secondary LASIK surgery (or another laser vision correction treatment) can often be performed, provided they qualify as a good candidate for a follow-up procedure.
Ultimately, it is important to note that even when LASIK surgery is performed properly and ideal results are achieved, most people will eventually need reading glasses at some point in time. This is due to the fact that LASIK does not slow the age-related worsening of near vision (presbyopia), which typically begins to occur after the age of 40. Based on your age and specific vision care needs, your LASIK surgeon should be able to help you understand how the procedure can help you, as well as your potential need for future corrective eyewear.
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