Many people believe that LASIK eye surgery somehow prevents the need for cataract surgery in the future or makes the development of cataracts impossible. But the reality is that cataracts after LASIK surgery can – and do – still happen.
Can you get cataract surgery if you had LASIK?
Successful cataract surgery is possible for most people who have had laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK surgery) or other types of refractive surgery that reshape the cornea to correct vision.
Does LASIK surgery prevent cataracts?
Fact Checking LASIK Surgery
LASIK DOES NOT increase or decrease the likelihood of developing cataracts. LASIK DOES NOT prevent one from having cataract surgery. LASIK DOES NOT make cataract surgery more difficult, or risky. LASIK DOES make the calculation of the correct IOL power less accurate.
How many years does LASIK last?
LASIK can last a lifetime, 20 years, or 10 years. The lasting effects of the procedure depend upon multiple factors, including the age of the patient at the time of the procedure and medical conditions that one may develop as one ages that may affect eyesight.
Can you do LASIK twice?
A second procedure is necessary if refractive errors were not corrected during LASIK. If a second procedure has been deemed necessary, another flap will be created. Most surgeons won’t perform a second LASIK procedure unless it’s 5-10 years after LASIK.
Why is LASIK bad?
Risks. Complications that result in a loss of vision are very rare. But certain side effects of LASIK eye surgery, particularly dry eyes and temporary visual problems such as glare, are fairly common. These usually clear up after a few weeks or months, and very few people consider them to be a long-term problem.
Can you go blind from LASIK?
LASIK surgery itself does not cause blindness, and most cases of LASIK complications are avoidable by following aftercare procedures set forth by your surgeon. If you notice anything out of the ordinary or anything alarming after your LASIK surgery, contact an ophthalmologist immediately.
How much does it cost to get Lasik eye surgery?
How Much Does LASIK for Astigmatism Cost? The average cost of LASIK across the United States is about $4,200, according to the American Refractive Surgery Council.
Which is better blade or bladeless LASIK?
It seems like the two are very equally matched. Thus, traditional blade LASIK is cheaper, faster and more comfortable, while bladeless is safer, more precise and less risky. However, ultimately these are just tools in the hands of a surgeon.
Does cornea grow back after LASIK?
Instead of making the corneal flap, the surgeon removes the epithelium, the outermost layer of the cornea. After surgery, the epithelial layer will grow back.
Is LASIK painful?
Fortunately, LASIK eye surgery is not painful. Right before your procedure, your surgeon will place numbing eye drops into both of your eyes. While you may still feel a little bit of pressure during the procedure, you should not feel any pain.