Complications & Risks Of LASIK - Regression & Not Permanent

FDA cautions potential patients about is that the benefits of improved vision for LASIK may regression and not be permanent.

Complications & Risks Of LASIK - Regression & Not Permanent
  • Regression refers to the tendency of the eye to bounce back somewhat towards your original prescription. In most cases, the regression experienced is minimal and temporary. The occur is more commonly in patients after the LASIK and it does not affect to you.

  • The really mean of regression is refers to a significant change, about a -1 diopter or more, over a 10-year period. Serious regression is much less than 5%.

  • Additionally, the need for reading glasses is caused by natural maturity of the eyes and LASIK cannot improve the need for reading glasses.

Reasons

  • Regression is caused by a wrinkled corneal flap or corneal hazing, visual regression is usually temporary. Women taking hormone therapy have a higher than normal risk of visual regression.
  • The need for reading glasses is caused by natural maturity of the eyes and LASIK cannot improve the need for reading glasses.

Treatment

Many of patients who has the serious regression after surgery can successfully undergo an enhancement LASIK procedure to get rid of that residual nearsightedness provided your cornea is thick enough to allow retreatment. Enhancements for regression are usually performed three to six months following the original procedure to allow time for the patient's new refraction to stabilize.