Is it possible for laser eye surgery to make your eyesight worse than it was previously?

Not likely. Laser vision correction works very well and is safe. Problems are rare but do occur. Some of these can lead to worse vision. Discuss your concerns with a surgeon who does these procedures.

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I have astigmatism & im far sighted (l eye: -7.25 r eye: -7.50). Can I get laser eye surgery to correct it? I'm 16 & my eyesight gets worse every year

Not yet age stabilit. Myopia and astigmatism can be corrected with laser. Minimum approved age is 18. (Are you 16 or 22?) In addition to your prescription testing for stability, other very important tests and a dilated exam will be done by your ophthalmologist to see if you are a candidate then. There are other treatments that can correct your vision as well if your are not a good laser candidate. Read more...

Does laser eye surgery really improve eyesight?

Yes. Lasers are tools that your eye surgeon uses to treat many different eye problems. Laser done for nearsightedness and farsightedness should reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses. Laser eye surgery for glaucoma and retinal diseases is needed to stabilize and prevent deterioration of your ocular health. Read more...
Not really. Laser eye surgery can improve the vision so that you will see without glasses or contacts at the same level as the best you saw with contacts or glasses. If you have uncorrectable vision or vision possible only at a certain, that will be the best available with lasik. Read more...

Would laser eye surgery help improve the eyesight of somebody with a nystagmus problem?

Possibly not. If the lowered vision is in part due to a refractive error, than lasik will improve that portion of the vision. So if glasses help the vision, then lasik will help to that degree. If the lowered vision is from nystagmus, lasik will not alter that eye movement and the vision will remained lowered. It is a combination of the two. Also, if the nystagmus is not controlled, lasik can't be done. Read more...
Possibly. If the patient is able to be refracted, and vision improves, then laser surgery could improve someone that has nystagmus. (there are some diseases where permanent poor vision and nystagmus is part of a syndrome.) now, trying to do laser on someone's who's eye is in constant movement.....Good luck with that! Read more...

What are the risks associated with laser eye surgery? I have very bad eyesight and am tired of wearing glasses, but I'm afraid that laser eye surgery could make me go blind. Is that a possibility? Are there any serious side effects of the surgery?

With . With all surgeries, there are risks. The risk of going blind is very, very small, but it is a real risk. Surgeon and clinic selection is extremely important. Experienced and well trained surgeons will be able to detect on an eye exam findings that may increase your risk of having problems with lasik. Here are some risks patients may experience (from fda site): * some patients lose vision. Some patients lose lines of vision on the vision chart that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery as a result of treatment. * some patients develop debilitating visual symptoms. Some patients develop glare, halos, and/or double vision that can seriously affect nighttime vision. Even with good vision on the vision chart, some patients do not see as well in situations of low contrast, such as at night or in fog, after treatment as compared to before treatment. * you may be under treated or over treated. Only a certain percent of patients achieve 20/20 vision without glasses or contacts. You may require additional treatment, but additional treatment may not be possible. You may still need glasses or contact lenses after surgery. This may be true even if you only required a very weak prescription before surgery. If you used reading glasses before surgery, you may still need reading glasses after surgery. * some patients may develop severe dry eye syndrome. As a result of surgery, your eye may not be able to produce enough tears to keep the eye moist and comfortable. Dry eye not only causes discomfort, but can reduce visual quality due to intermittent blurring and other visual symptoms. This condition may be permanent. Intensive drop therapy and use of plugs or other procedures may be required. * results are generally not as good in patients with very large refractive errors of any type. You should discuss your expectations with your doctor and realize that you may still require glasses or contacts after the surgery. * for some farsighted patients, results may diminish with age. If you are farsighted, the level of improved vision you experience after surgery may decrease with age. This can occur if your manifest refraction (a vision exam with lenses before dilating drops) is very different from your cycloplegic refraction (a vision exam with lenses after dilating drops). * long-term data are not available. Lasik is a relatively new technology. The first laser was approved for lasik eye surgery in 1998. Therefore, the long-term safety and effectiveness of lasik surgery is not known. Read more...
There are risks. Lasereyesurgery perfomed with the correct pre, intra and postoperative care is often life changing.However, there are potential complicatiuons for every type of surgery.Night vision disturbances, glare and halos are common, often improve and usually tolerable. More severe complications such as inflammations and infections can often be treated with good results.Major visual loss is rarely possible. Read more...

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...

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...
Yes. It is a bad idea for exactly the reason you mention. Your prescription is still changing. You need to wait until it has stabilized before having the surgery; and 16 is too young to do it. Read more...

How old do you need to be to get laser eye surgery? Do you need to be a certain age? My eyes are still changing and my vision is getting worse, but I'm interested in getting corrective surgery. How long do I need to wait after getting glasses?

It . It is a good idea to wait until you're after 18 years of age. Your glasses prescription should be stable for at least 6 months. Consider coming to temecula, ca where you can be evaluated by our cornea specialist and enjoy wine country. Visit our website for more information: www.Eye-socal.Com. Read more...
The . The food and drug administration (fda) has approved laser vision correction after age 21. Should should definitely wait until at least that age, although some people's eyes change until their mid to late 20's. Make sure your vision is stable before proceeding. Your ophthalmologist should see you 2 years in a row to make sure that things are stable before performing laser vision correction. But again, i would wait until at least age 21. Read more...

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...