LASIK can significantly reduce the inconvenience of correcting your refractive errors. Sports, swimming, and living a more carefree life are easier things to do when you do not have to worry about breaking your glasses, removing your contacts, or the doubly painful experience of getting sand behind your soft lenses. That being said, a common misconception about LASIK is that it is a complete solution for vision problems. This is not entirely true.
Your Prescription May Change After You Get LASIK
Your vision may not stay the same even after undergoing laser eye surgery. In the same way your prescription likely changed before getting LASIK (and meant a change to the prescription for your glasses and contacts) you may experience a change after LASIK as well. Normally, this can be addressed with a “touch up” LASIK procedure. Some people may choose to occasionally wear glasses instead of undergoing another operation. Some of your astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness may come back even after you have done LASIK. In these cases, the changes to your vision do not have to do with the procedure itself.
LASIK Does Not Prevent Your Need For Reading Glasses Later In Life
Bad vision is often spoken of as a singularity, when in actuality there are a number of different conditions that can cause poor vision or refractive errors. Some people suffer from nearsightedness, some suffer from farsightedness, and others suffer from astigmatism. Some suffer from a combination of different issues. The point is that different factors cause different problems, which means a treatment that may help one vision problem may not do much for another.
As useful as LASIK may be for astigmatism and near- or farsightedness (among other issues) it does not prevent later vision loss due to age-related issues like presbyopia. Presbyopia affects near vision for people over the age of 40. While there are additional procedures you can get to improve persisting vision issues after LASIK, your doctor may deem that it is not worth the added stress of further surgical procedures. Oftentimes, individuals in this unique situation have near-perfect vision and simply need to wear glasses while reading or driving late at night.
Prescription Changes May Be Due To Hormonal Fluctuations
Hormonal fluctuations can also have an effect on a person’s vision. This could be a reason individuals experience vision problems even after undergoing LASIK eye surgery. Pregnancy is one scenario in which a person’s prescription could change due to hormonal issues, causing some to choose to get LASIK after they have decided to stop having children.
Eye Exams Are Just As Important After LASIK As They Were Before
LASIK can be a great way to improve your vision, but it is not a set it and forget it solution to your eye care. Proper eye care means seeing your eye doctor for regular eye exams to ensure your prescription has not changed. In addition, LASIK does not do anything to prevent glaucoma, cataracts, or other eye diseases. Just because you no longer wear glasses or contacts does not mean you can forget about the other important facets of your eye health.
Feinerman Vision specialists are honored to serve the Newport Beach area. Stop by Feinerman Vision to chat with one of our eye specialists and find out if LASIK is right for you. Schedule a consultation or a comprehensive eye exam today.