How Long Does LASIK Last?

How Long Does LASIK Last?

March 18, 2024

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LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that reshapes the cornea in order to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. As one decides on whether to undergo this procedure, one question that may come to mind is, “does LASIK last forever?”

The good news is that the corneal changes from LASIK are permanent. However, there are other factors to consider. For example, our eyes can change as we age. So now you’re probably wondering, “how long do LASIK results last?” This article will go over all the details.

LASIK Eye Surgery: Long-Term and Short-Term Results

Patients typically experience a notable improvement in the quality of their vision almost immediately after undergoing LASIK.

At Kraff Eye Institute, we closely monitor your progress, and typically within several weeks post-procedure, the full impact of your LASIK eye surgery results can be evaluated. It’s normal for most individuals to achieve their vision correction goals; however, a small minority may require an enhancement surgery if they are slightly over-or under-corrected.

In terms of the long-term durability of LASIK, it's important to understand that while the LASIK procedure itself is permanent, your eyes are living tissues and may change over time, potentially altering your visual acuity.

Ensuring the stability of your prescription is paramount before considering LASIK; this is particularly true for adolescents whose eyes are still maturing, and who therefore may not be ideal candidates for this permanent vision correction solution.

To address the question of "Does LASIK last forever?"—the procedure's corrections are permanent, but they don't prevent future age-related changes in the eyes.

Although the results  achieved during LASIK  typically remain stable, it's your eyes' natural changes over the course of a lifetime that may necessitate further corrective measures. The team here at Kraff Eye Institute is dedicated to providing comprehensive care, from initial consultation to long-term follow-up, to ensure your vision remains at its best.

How Long Does the Clarity from LASIK Eye Procedure Last for Most Patients?

When considering LASIK eye surgery, one of the most common questions among prospective patients is, "How long does LASIK last?" Understanding the longevity of LASIK is essential, as it allows patients to set realistic expectations for their vision correction journey.

The clarity obtained from a successful LASIK procedure typically endures for many years, but it's important to note that individual results can vary. Most patients revel in the significant improvement in their eyesight, with many achieving 20/20 vision or better, which often lasts well beyond a few years.

Nonetheless, it's crucial for patients to recognize that the eyes can naturally change with age. How long does LASIK's clarity truly continue?

The procedure reshapes the cornea to correct refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This reshaping is permanent; however, the eye's lens may still undergo age-related changes, potentially affecting clarity. For the majority of patients, the question isn't whether they'll enjoy the benefits of LASIK, but rather how many years they'll maintain optimal vision before natural changes might necessitate further intervention.

At Kraff Eye Institute, we're committed to providing thorough pre-operative assessments to determine if you're an ideal candidate for LASIK and to discuss how long LASIK's enhanced vision is likely to last for you.

We prioritize patient education, ensuring you understand each step and what to expect from your LASIK experience, including the potential need for touch-up procedures down the road to maintain that initial clarity. Our goal is to help every one of our patients enjoy clear vision for as long as possible.

Examining the Longevity of LASIK Results: Do Patients Experience Lasting Benefits?

What Is LASIK Enhancement and Why You May Need It? 

When considering LASIK eye surgery, patients are often concerned with not just the immediate results, but also with the long-term benefits that the procedure can provide.

The question "Does LASIK last?" is a common one at Kraff Eye Institute, and it's important to understand that while LASIK offers an impressive duration of clearer vision for many, its longevity can vary based on individual factors.

The lasting benefits of LASIK eye surgery in Chicago are well-documented, with a majority of patients experiencing long-lasting improvements in their vision. However, it’s vital to note that 'long-lasting' does not necessarily mean a lifetime, as natural changes in the eye can affect longevity.

Our extensive experience has shown that LASIK does indeed offer significant lasting benefits to suitable candidates. LASIK does not prevent presbyopia or other age-related changes which may necessitate reading glasses or additional procedures later in life.

Nevertheless, the longevity the clear vision of LASIK provides is significant, assuring patients they will experience the results they desire for years to come. While it's clear that the quality vision LASIK creates does last, the duration of the effects and maintaining those results does depend on factors such as age, eye health, and adherence to post-operative care instructions. However, most patients do experience a profound improvement in vision, with the need for corrective lenses greatly reduced or eliminated altogether.

In summary, the lasting benefits of LASIK are substantial, offering longevity and an enhanced quality of life. At Kraff Eye Institute, we’re committed to providing our patients with accurate information on the long-lasting results they can expect from their LASIK procedure, ensuring that the benefits they experience do yield the desired outcome for their vision needs.

What Causes Vision Changes After LASIK and How Long Does It Take to Stabilize?

After undergoing LASIK at the Kraff Eye Institute, patients frequently inquire about the longevity of their new, clear vision and what may cause vision changes post-surgery.

Understanding how long LASIK lasts is crucial for those considering this life-altering procedure. Typically, LASIK provides a permanent correction to refractive errors by reshaping the cornea, but vision changes can occur over time due to several factors.

Age-related eyesight deterioration, such as presbyopia or cataracts, can cause vision changes after LASIK, affecting the clarity achieved immediately post-procedure. Most patients will notice their vision stabilize after LASIK within a few months as the eye heals and adapts to its new shape, but it’s imperative to recognize that individual experiences may vary.

Some might wonder, "How long does it take for vision to stabilize after LASIK?" Generally, stabilization occurs within three to six months, but the Kraff Eye Institute emphasizes the importance of adhering to follow-up appointments for optimal recovery.

While LASIK offers a dramatic improvement in vision, it doesn't prevent natural age-related changes, and it’s possible for some individuals to need enhancement procedures to maintain their crisp visions years down the line. Understanding these potential causes for vision changes is vital, and at Kraff Eye Institute, we're committed to guiding our patients through their LASIK journey to ensure long-lasting results and satisfaction.

Vision Changes with Aging: Adapting to Presbyopia After LASIK

While the LASIK procedure can offer a substantial improvement in the quality of vision, it's essential to understand the  longevity of the LASIK results. Typically, elective LASIK surgery provides many years of stable vision correction; however, as the eye naturally ages, one may experience vision changes.

At Kraff Eye Institute, we equip our patients with the knowledge that certain age-related conditions like presbyopia will eventually emerge, typically in one's forties. Presbyopia affects the eye's focusing ability, leading to potential dependence on reading glasses, despite previous LASIK surgery.

Ocular disease may also develop later in life and have an impact on vision. Common conditions include:

· Cataracts : a yellowing of the crystalline lenses inside the eyes that happen with age. Cataracts can cause blurry vision, poor night vision, halos, glare, and difficulties with color perception. LASIK doesn’t prevent cataracts from developing later in life. Treatment involves surgery that removes the cataract and replaces it with a lens implant.

· Glaucoma :a group of conditions that damage the optic nerve. It is commonly, but now always, associated with increased intraocular pressure. Glaucoma causes damage to peripheral vision. Treatment involves medication, laser treatment, or surgery.

· Retinal detachment: risk is increased in those with high myopia, this threat is not eliminated with LASIK surgery. The elevated risk is a result of the length of the eye overall, which remains unchanged with corneal surgery. Retinal detachment is treated surgically.

LASIK doesn't prevent cataracts from occurring, and cataract surgery remains the effective treatment. Glaucoma, a group of eye conditions causing optic nerve damage, often linked to high intraocular pressure, can lead to peripheral vision loss. Treatments for glaucoma span from medications to laser interventions or surgery.

Lastly, for those with high myopia, the risk for retinal detachment persists despite undergoing LASIK, as the procedure doesn't alter the length of the eye. Such conditions are treated with specialized surgical methods.

It's paramount to note that while LASIK surgery does not prevent these issues, it offers a prolonged duration of enhanced vision before such changes might necessitate further attention. At Kraff Eye Institute, we prioritize your long-term visual health, and we're dedicated to providing comprehensive care throughout your vision's evolution.

Does LASIK Last Through the Development of Presbyopia as People Age?

When considering the longevity of LASIK eye surgery, many patients are curious whether the clarity of vision achieved lasts through the development of presbyopia as people age.

It’s important to understand that while LASIK corrects refractive errors at the time of the procedure, it does not prevent the aging of eyes that can lead to presbyopia, characterized by a diminished ability to focus on close objects. This is due to the natural hardening of the lenses within your eyes, a process that's unrelated to LASIK.

Presbyopia typically develops in individuals in their 40s and 50s, and it's an inevitable change that impacts nearly everyone, regardless of whether they've had LASIK.

At the Kraff Eye Institute, we educate our patients that LASIK offers a lasting solution to their current prescription, but it does not prevent the age-related changes in their lenses and presbyopia's eventual development. This is why some people might need reading glasses as they age, even after having had successful LASIK.

Although LASIK provides enduring results for the initial vision correction, its permanence doesn't extend to preventing the natural progression of the eyes' lenses and vision changes associated with aging.

Nevertheless, the prospect of glasses for reading or other close work shouldn't diminish the significant long-term benefits that LASIK presents for many people. The Kraff Eye Institute is committed to fostering an understanding of LASIK's capabilities and limits, ensuring that patients possess realistic expectations of how their vision might evolve with age.

Does LASIK Impact Future Vision Correction Options for Patients with Evolving Eyes?

Undergoing LASIK at Kraff Eye Institute doesn’t typically limit your future vision correction alternatives. Whether you're considering glasses, contact lenses, or advanced surgical procedures like lens replacement, or additional LASIK treatments, your history of LASIK isn't a barrier, as long as there aren't any specific contraindications.

As your eyes evolve with age, particularly when presbyopia begins to affect your near vision, you might opt for a subsequent LASIK procedure on one eye. Our team will meticulously assess your corneal thickness to ensure you're a safe candidate for this corrective surgery, maintaining the utmost care for your ocular health.

What Is LASIK Enhancement and Why May Some Patients Need This Procedure?

At Kraff Eye Institute, it’s our goal to achieve optimal vision correction through LASIK surgery, which typically requires a single treatment for most individuals. We take meticulous preoperative measurements to ensure that patients reach their desired visual outcomes.

There’s a possibility, albeit small, for some patients to be either under-corrected or over-corrected post-operatively. In such cases, a procedure known as LASIK enhancement may become necessary.

Statistically, only about 1-2% of patients may require LASIK enhancement in the year following their original surgery. This enhancement is a follow-up to the primary LASIK treatment, where the originally created corneal flap is delicately lifted, allowing for additional laser correction to refine  the vision further.

The Kraff Eye Institute ensures that this adjustment mirrors the precision and safety standards of the initial LASIK procedure.

While the majority of patients  enjoy long-lasting results, it's important to note that eye changes over time can prompt the need for LASIK enhancement. We observe that the likelihood of requiring an enhancement may increase marginally by around 1% annually.

This suggests that after two decades, up to 20% of patients might benefit from an enhancement, indicating two decades of quality vision thanks to LASIK’s enduring effectiveness.


LASIK involves permanent corneal reshaping, resulting in an improvement in vision, often for the long term. Occasionally, enhancement surgery may be necessary. Down the road, when presbyopia and cataracts onset, further visual correction and surgery are often needed. Knowing this ahead of time helps one anticipate what to expect.

Ready to improve your vision sooner than later? Contact Kraff Eye Institute to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Kraff, Chicago’s leading LASIK surgeon.

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Dr. Colman R. Kraff

Committed to advancing new technologies in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Colman Kraff helped to pioneer laser vision correction. In February of 1991, as part of a five-site, U.S., FDA clinical trial team, Dr. Kraff successfully performed the first excimer laser procedures in the Chicagoland area using the VISX Excimer Laser.

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