How will LASIK impact your vision in the future?

Your Vision in the Future

Nebraska Medicine eye-care specialist are trusted experts in LASIK and other refractive procedures, performing thousands of surgeries over the past decade. We offer bladeless LASIK surgery from fellowship-trained refractive eye surgeons with a goal of correcting nearsightedness, far sightedness and astigmatism so you have 20/20 vision or better.

Oftentimes, our patients have questions about how LASIK will impact their future eye health. Below are several frequently asked questions and responses from our LASIK specialists.

Will LASIK Make Me Need Reading Glasses?

Many people in their 40s struggle with focusing on really nearby things, independent of whether they ever had LASIK. The procedure does not prevent your eyes from aging, so if you had LASIK at 25, you may have the same focusing problems as others that have not. Your ability to see farther away, which was improved by LASIK years or decades earlier, should remain intact.

What is “Monovision?”

Monovision surgery is a technique that corrects one eye for emmetropia (distance) and the other eye for myopia (near vision). Instead of requiring glasses to see both near and far, the issue can sometimes be alleviated by correcting one eye for seeing things closer and the other for farther way. This decreases the necessity for both near and distance glasses. This can work for patients older than 40 trying to avoid glasses completely.

Can There be Problems With My Eyes 20 Years From Now After LASIK?

Normally, the answer is no. People have been getting different forms of what we now call LASIK (a type of lamellar refractive surgery) since 1949, without issues.

Can I Have Cataract Surgery If I need it in the Future?

Yes. You can learn more about cataract surgery. It is essential that the lens remains transparent in order for clear vision. When cataracts occur, the lens becomes cloudy or opaque, preventing light from passing clearly to the retina. Cataracts often occur as a person ages, but can develop as a result of other medical conditions. The cataract surgery technique will not change, however, your lens implant will be calculated using a different formula.

Will Having LASIK Prevent Me From Developing Other Eye Diseases?

Unfortunately, no. LASIK does not change the normal aging process of the eye. You are just as susceptible as anyone else to cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or any other eye condition. LASIK doesn't cause or prevent an eye disease, nor does it hinder something in the future from being treated.

Why choose Nebraska Medicine for LASIK surgery?

Nebraska Medicine eye-care specialist are trusted experts in LASIK and other refractive procedures, performing thousands of surgeries over the past decade. We offer bladeless LASIK surgery from fellowship-trained refractive eye surgeons with a goal of correcting nearsightedness, far sightedness and astigmatism so you have 20/20 vision or better.

Read more about LASIK or call 888.898.8662 to schedule your free consultation today.