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Does LASIK wear off?

LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that treats refractive errors permanently. No medical procedure is without any risk. The important thing is to weigh the risks and benefits of each procedure. When the surgery is performed by an experienced surgeon using a careful screening process, the rate of success is very high. In some cases, years after LASIK, your vision might not be as sharp as the first few years after the procedure. This is called regression, even though it can happen it is unlikely. Each year after LASIK there is a slightly increased chance of needing retreatment. It is common for refractive surgeons to offer a no-cost enhancement in the first 1-5 years after LASIK if needed. Similar to wearing glasses, LASIK does not prevent your eyes from changing from other diseases or old age. Around the age of 45, you will start wearing reading glasses. This can be corrected again with a laser procedure called PresbyLASIK. Later old age will also give you cataracts or macular degeneration which would need a whole different treatment approach. Author: Ilka de Beer & Dr. Yolandie CoetzeeThe medical content provided is not intended to replace a consultation with a health care provider.#DrLourensCoetzee

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