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Relapse After Laser Eye Surgery
Depends on goal: Laser may be used to change the refractive power of the eye (lasik or prk), treat glaucoma (alt), treat angle closure glaucoma (peripheral iridotomy), treat aberrant blood vessels in the back of the eye (prpc, focal laser treatment), or tumors of the back of the eye. What happens after is improvement in the treated condition, and sometimes a cure. ...Read more
Give them a rest: Laser eye surgery can cause mild irritation for the first few hours after the procedure. It is also during this time that the eye can feel its driest. Keeping the eye open causes it to become somewhat drier, increasing the irritation and discomfort, and possibly even slowing down healing to some degree. ...Read more
Very short: Most people see well enough to drive a car the next day. ...Read more
Yes: Every eye heals differently, even on the same person. Discuss your concerns with the surgeon who did the procedure. ...Read more
Eye drops: Getting smoke in the eyes can cause eye irritation. There is nothing about your previous laser surgery that would put you at risk of anything threatening either the surgery or your vision. Use of over the counter artificial years several times a day can provide some relief. If not, have your eyes examined, but do not be concerned that your laser surgery could be damaged or impaired by the smoke. ...Read more
Depends on your eyes: The corrective effects of laser vision correction are usually permanent. Occasionally, there can be a small healing response or rarely a thinning of the cornea that causes its shape to change and the prescription to shift. As well, as one approaches the 50s and beyond, changes in the natural lens of the eye cause prescription changes despite how effective lasik was. ...Read more
15%: National averages run from about 5-15% need an enhancement treatment. The higher the initial prescription the greater the likelihood. ...Read more
No: Laser eye surgery does not shrink the eye and the eye cannot re-grow afterwards. Lasik re-shapes the front window (cornea) to account for the prescription in your eye. Occasionally, there are those whose prescriptions seem to return after lasik. This can be due to early cataract growth, or regression caused by a change in the cornea after lasik. ...Read more
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What happens if I'm nearsighted and my eyes are still getting worse, would they get worse after laser eye surgery?
Safe LASIK: Lasik should be done when the glasses rx (refraction) is stable (ie:eye has stopped growing). Risks: regression-myopia can "comes back", dry eye, glare & haloes, infection, scarring, flap problems, need for enhancement, decreased vision. Risks of vision threatening complications are rare. See a conservative, experienced eyemd who cares about what is best for you. ...Read more
Can you tell me what you suggest if I'm nearsighted and my eyes are still getting worse, would they get worse after laser eye surgery?
Likely reading glass:
If you are already wearing reading glasses or bifocals before lasik, you will likely still need glasses for near after.
Lasik typically corrects the distance vision permanently. After age 40, near vision still needs an additional reading glass correction.
There is an option to purposely undercorrect one eye (leaving it near sighted) to allow spectacle free vision - this is called monovision. ...Read more
Yes: 21 is an acceptable age to have laser eye surgery, so long as your eye glass or contact lens prescription has remained stable. You need a pre-operative evaluation by an experienced refractive surgeon to make sure your eyes meet the standards to make you a good candidate. Most lasik surgeons do not charge for the initial examination. ...Read more
Maybe: I assume you are referring to Laser vision correction or LASIK. There are many other kinds of eye laser. If you have uncorrected nearsightedness and/or astigmatism and are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses then usually LVC can decrease or eliminate your need for these appliances in safe and effective manner. Everything depends on your surgeon and his or her experience and judgement. ...Read more
See laser surgeon: Multiple factors make you a good candidate for laser eye surgery... over 18 if you are nearsighted, 21 if you are farsighted or have astigmatism. Eyes of disease and vision correctable with glasses. Sould not have certain systemic diseases or be on certain medicines. Corneas should not be too step or too flat or to thin, etc. In short, you will need to see a laser eye surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more
There are multiple: Different lasers and dozens of procedures that are performed using these lasers. How it works really depends on which procedure you are interested in knowing about. LASIK and PRK change the shape of your cornea to allow the eye to focus the light better. Sometimes the cornea is too strong or too weak, and the laser helps us fix that. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Contraindications: Patients whose refraction is not stable, whose corneas are too thin or are irregular on topography, pregnant patients, patients with uncontrolled diabetes or glaucoma and patients on certain prescription medications such as amiodarone are not good candidates. Also, patients with other eye conditions such as cataract or macular degeneration should not have this surgery. Discuss with your eye md. ...Read more
Average $1000/eye: On average the cost is about $1000 per eye. You will find that there are lower and higher costs depending on the skill of the ophthalmologist and with what institution he is affiliated. Try to have it done by a corneal specialist even though the cost may be higher. Call around and ask about the cost and the specialist. ...Read more