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Can your vision worsen after you have laser eye surgery?

Can your vision worsen after you have laser eye surgery?

Yes: Always possible. Even without laser surgical complications, vision can still worsen after laser eye surgery. For example, you can experience myopic regression or a small change in prescription. You can have natural age-related cataract formation, presbyopia, or other reasons to develop worsening vision. It's a matter of when and how fast. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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Is it a bad idea to have laser eye surgery at such a young age at 16? My vision gets worse every year and i don't want to wait until i'm in my mid 20s

Is it a bad idea to have laser eye surgery at such a young age at 16? My vision gets worse every year and i don't want to wait until i'm in my mid 20s

LASIK young: I would wait until after age 20, though you could do it earlier. If your vision is indeed worsening every year, than your prescription is not stable. Your correction would be a moving target and you may need to go through the surgery again not too many years afterward. Also, younger folks are at more risk of getting ectasia (corneal warpage) even withouth the surgery. Long life--better to wait. ...Read more

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Does laser eye surgery count as uncorrected vision?

Does laser eye surgery count as uncorrected vision?

Yes: Uncorrected vision is that experienced without the provision of eyeglasses. Therefore lasik corrected eyes count as uncorrected vision. ...Read more

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How safe is laser eye surgery for vision improvement?

How safe is laser eye surgery for vision improvement?

Yes: Laser eye corrective surgery has gone through several generations of improvement in the technology and now is quite safe, minimally stressful and a terrific way to get rid of your eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. It will not restore the need for reading glasses in those over 40 however, but will give clear distance vision without glasses. ...Read more

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What to do if I have glaucomamy vision sucksshould i get laser eye surgery?

What to do if I have glaucomamy vision sucksshould i get laser eye surgery?

Glaucoma: Is an elevated pressure in the eyes. There is a laser that can be used to lower the pressure. If lasik vision correction is what you want and there is no advanced glaucoma then lasik can be an option. Check with an ophthalmologist to see if you would be a good candidate. ...Read more

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If i get laser eye surgery at age 16, could vision possibly get worse after the procedure?

If i get laser eye surgery at age 16, could vision possibly get worse after the procedure?

Yes: 16 is below the age that most doctors would recommend doing laser eye surgery. At 16, your eyes and your prescription will likely continue to change for a while longer. Best to wait until you are older. ...Read more

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I have just had a consultation for laser eye surgery, as my long distance vision is so good but my near vision is poor, it has been recommended that I only treat one eye.This means I have one good eye of each. I have been wearing a tempory contact in the

I have just had a consultation for laser eye surgery, as my long distance vision is so good but my near vision is poor, it has been recommended that I only treat one eye.This means I have one good eye of each.
I have been wearing a tempory contact in the

Monovision: Monovision is the term for one eye corrected for distance (it may be natural as in your case) and one eye corrected for near which allows for reasonable vision at all distances to compensate for older age sight (presbyopia). When I do this, i insist that my patients mimic this with contact lenses for a couple of weeks to see if it works for them. ...Read more

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Could laser eye surgery correct loss of visual field vision?

Could laser eye surgery correct loss of visual field vision?

No: It will not affect your field of vision. Of course, a 44 year old should have a normal field of vision. If you do not, that should be fully evaluated. ...Read more

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I am shortsighted and want refractive laser eye surgery to correct my vision. Does that mean the surface of my eye will be cut with a razor?

I am shortsighted and want refractive laser eye surgery to correct my vision. Does that mean the surface of my eye will be cut with a razor?

It depends: When lasik was first performed, a blade was used to create the flap. Now the majority of surgeons use a femto second laser to perform this step. This "all laser" lasik allows us to create more precise flaps in a more controlled manner and achieve better results. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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