Are the results of eye laser surgery permanent?

An understandable concern experienced by most people who are considering LASIK eye surgery  is how permanent the procedure is. The answer, simply, is that a large percentage of people who undergo this procedure will never have to wear glasses or contact lenses again in their lives.

LASIK Surgery Before and After

It is, however, important to note that not all individuals are suitable candidates for this procedure and that the best results are usually gained when a person’s eye condition meets certain criteria.

Individuals who stand to benefit most from this procedure include people who suffer from moderate:

  • Myopia or near-sightedness
  • Hyperopia or farsightedness
  • Astigmatism


If your vision falls within these categories, it is best to consult for your local ophthalmologist to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate, and he or she will advise you on the best course of action.

The basic procedure of LASIK is as follows:

Laser eye surgery involves the reshaping of the tissue of the cornea.  The cornea makes up almost three quarters of the power of the eye and this is capable of bendi
ng a significant amount of light. If your cornea shape is too convex or too concave, it will bend light in a manner which does not focus it at the optimum point on the retina.

Thus, the ultimate goal of LASIK is to alter the shape of the cornea in such a way as to correct the focal point in your eye. In terms of permanence, the actual reshaping of the cornea effects a permanent change to its physical structure, but this will not prevent age related eyesight problems from happening. These include conditions such as macular degeneration, presbyopia, glaucoma and cataracts, to mention a few.

Age is an aspect that should also be taken into consideration and discussed with an ophthalmologist before undergoing this procedure. One’s eye continues to grow up to the age of approximately 21 and LASIK corrective surgery is therefore not advisable for people younger than 21.  There is no upper-age restriction and Lasik can be performed very successfully on patients in their 80’s.

For more information on the procedure and to find out your suitability for LASIK, contact the Eye Laser Clinic and book an appointment today.


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