How Long Does Laser Eye Surgery Last?

As vision correction specialists, one of the most common questions we get asked is – how long does laser eye surgery last?

We understand that undergoing surgical procedures of any kind is a daunting prospect, none more so than those involving your vision.

But we’re here to put your mind at ease about laser eye surgery which is one of the most common vision correction procedures we perform at our world-class Laser Vision clinics.

It’s estimated that every year, more than 100,000 people in the UK have LASIK surgery. For the vast majority of these patients, LASIK enhancement surgery provides life-long better vision.


So, is laser eye surgery permanent?

The answer to how long laser eye surgery lasts is quite straightforward – for most patients, this procedure offers permanent vision correction.

That being said, your corrected vision can be impacted by natural deterioration caused by age-related changes or unexpected injury to your eye or the natural lens.


Can laser eye surgery permanently correct your sight?

Laser vision correction is a permanent procedure that does not ‘wear off’ so to speak. The vast majority of patients will enjoy life-long corrected vision from their eye surgery procedure.

Those who have had procedures such as LASIK eye surgery and then find themselves needing visual aids such as contact lenses or reading glasses at any point after their laser surgery will have likely experienced their vision changing as a result of factors not linked to the laser eye surgery procedure itself.


How long do eye surgery procedures like LASIK last?

To clarify further – laser eye surgery procedures such as LASIK are permanent, but the results may not be if you experience natural changes to your vision as a result of ageing, for example.

After a short recovery time, most patients will be able to quit wearing glasses and contact lenses almost immediately after having laser eye surgery.


Can laser eye surgery correct my astigmatism?

If you’re experiencing blurry vision as a result of astigmatism, the good news is that laser eye surgery can help.

The procedure can be slightly more complex than laser eye surgery that corrects vision in patients with myopia or hyperopia, however, the success rate of laser eye surgery for astigmatism patients is still incredibly high.


Factors that can affect how long your laser eye surgery results last

Laser eye surgery is a highly effective treatment for vision correction, but these factors could be a catalyst for the development of further vision problems or unsuccessful laser eye surgery in rare cases:

  • Age
  • Eye health
  • Injury
  • Complications during the laser eye surgery procedure
  • Unstable prescription


Age-related vision problems

As we age, our eyes naturally deteriorate, so you might find that you need reading glasses if your reading vision isn’t as sharp as it once was.

Unfortunately, this is often unavoidable and not related to the success of your laser eye surgery since the procedure can only correct existing visual problems.


Laser Eye Surgery from Laser Vision

We offer a variety of laser eye surgery at our outstanding Laser Vision clinics across the UK. From LASIK and LASEK to Photo-Therapeutic Keratectomy, we provide the highest standards of care for each and every procedure.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for laser eye surgery, get in touch to book a consultation at one of our world-class facilities.

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fred chow
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Jason Green
Jason Green
Professional competent advice and absolutely no pressure to make a decision. I could not have predicted how much this procedure has changed my life in such a positive way. Thank you team.
Lelita Baldock
Lelita Baldock
Dr Tappin and the team at LaserVision were amazing. I underwent Lasik corrective surgery and the process could not have been smoother. I was guided through the process with care and professionalism throughout. My results have been outstanding. I could not have asked for more from the team at LaserVision and I am truly grateful for my new vision.
Robert & Gia Anderson
Robert & Gia Anderson
Utterly professional and caring from start to finish. I was quite nervous about having laser but am so pleased with the results. There has always been someone to advise and support every step of the way and patient care and well being really is the priority here. Thank you for looking after me and my eyes so well.
Really excellent level of care from Mr. Rakesh - great communication, excellent standard of care, no complaints whatsoever, top notch service!
Christina Cook
Christina Cook
Mr Tappin and his team are very professional and efficient. The whole experience from beginning to end was done with ease. I highly recommend.
Amanda Thorsen
Amanda Thorsen
Dr Jayaswal has been amazing and changed my life. He made me feel so comfortable and relaxed in his care at the first meet, to remembering me with a personalised greeting, calmly explaining the procedure and reassuring me all the way through the surgery. I couldn’t recommend him enough for Lasik eye surgery - I now have perfect vision, a real dream come true! Thank you so much!
Nikki Blake
Nikki Blake
Fantastic process from beginning to end - professional yet incredibly personable. The professional team, especially Mr Tappin, made me feel at ease throughout and the surgery was a great success.
April Dansie
April Dansie
I had lens replacement surgery. After being both short sighted and long sighted for decades I can now see near and far without glasses or contact lens. It really is amazing. The care was great and so far the recovery has been easy.
George Judge
George Judge
Amazing service from start to finish, I had LASIK surgery in August this year after years of consideration I finally took the plunge and went for the surgery with Mr Tappin. Mr Mike Tappin and his team were brilliant from the consultation right through to the surgery and aftercare. Mr Tappin and his team were very reassuring throughout the surgery and put me at ease every step of the way. If you are thinking about having laser eye treatment or at the start of your journey with it, I would highly recommend seeing Mr Tappin and his team!
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