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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

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If you have laser eye surgery, then after you have kids will your eye sight change and worsen again?

If you have laser eye surgery, then after you have kids will your eye sight change and worsen again?

Laser eye surgery: I do not think having kids affect the laser surgery done prior to the pregnancy/ ordinarily form what I have heard the laser surgery needs revision in about 10 years any ways. ...Read more

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At what age can I have laser eye surgery if I have nystagmus?

At what age can I have laser eye surgery if I have nystagmus?

Complex: Laser eye surgery will not help the eye movements of nystagmus. However if you see better with contact lenses than glasses, then laser vision correction can match your contacts and improve your vision. This can be done at any age, even children. ...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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My eye doctor told me that you can only have laser eye surgery once. Is this true?

My eye doctor told me that you can only have laser eye surgery once. Is this true?

LASIK enhancement: No, that isn't true. Is this doctor an optometrist or an md/surgeon? You can potentially get an enhancement if needed later on. The eye would need to be well healed, the refraction stable, sufficient corneal bed remaining, and the rest of the exam otherwise normal and healthy. But it is expected that a few percent of patients may need an enhancement as they may heal too under/overcorrected. ...Read more

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Im thinking of getting laser eye surgery, I am 21 y/o. Any advice?

Im thinking of getting laser eye surgery, I am 21 y/o. Any advice?

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

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Is laser eye surgery painful?

No it is Not: Lasik eye surgery only takes around 15 minutes per eye. Your procedure will begin with topical anesthetic drops used to numb your eyes. You will be awake during the procedure, but you will be given a sedative to keep you relaxed. ...Read more

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Is laser eye surgery worth it?

Is laser eye surgery worth it?

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

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How can laser eye surgery work?

How can  laser eye surgery work?

Laser vision: Surgery works by precisely removing corneal tissue changing the shape of the front surface of the eye. ...Read more

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When can you get laser eye surgery?

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

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How successful is laser eye surgery?

How successful is laser eye surgery?

Genererally excellen: Lasik surgery (and prk) produces excellent visual results with a success rate approaching 100%. There are a few minor issues like eye dryness but this can be dealt with. Discuss your personal situation with your eye lasik surgeon to see what is best for you. ...Read more

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Is laser eye surgery worth the risk?

Is laser eye surgery worth the risk?

Lasik risk: Performed by a skilled lasik surgeon the risks are minimal. This is also true for laser eye surgery. ...Read more

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Choosing the right laser eye surgery?

Choosing the right laser eye surgery?

Depends on a problem: It depends on what your eye problem is. If it is myopia, then lasik may be considered, if it's retinal detachment, then photocoagulation is the way to go. If it's glaucoma, it would be something else. I'd get referred to ophthalmologist for the final answer. ...Read more

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Can laser eye surgery be good or bad?

Can laser eye surgery be good or bad?

Be evaluated: Your ophthalmologist after doing pre operative testing should be able to tell you whether it is a good treatment for your eyes. ...Read more

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How much will laser eye surgery cost?

How much will laser eye surgery cost?

Depends: Surgeons may charge anywhere fro $800 per eye to $4000 per eye depending on your local market and the surgeon. Look for an experienced surgeon. ...Read more

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What happens after laser eye surgery?

What happens 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

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How well does laser eye surgery work?

How well does laser eye surgery work?

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

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Who should not get laser eye surgery?

Who should not  get laser eye surgery?

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