/EIN News/ — Oklahoma City, Sept. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ClearSight LASIK, based in Oklahoma City, OK, has published an article that explores the expected duration of LASIK. According to the clinic, there are some misconceptions about the procedure, and their team wants to make sure their community understands the benefits and limitations of LASIK. Find the article here: Is LASIK permanent.
In short, patients may consider what LASIK does to the eyes to be permanent. However, the clinic says there is more context they should be aware of. The article says, “Many patients want to know if LASIK eye surgery will forever eliminate their vision problems and their need for corrective glasses or contact lenses. There is no definite yes or no answer to this question. Following LASIK eye surgery, the changes made to the cornea remain permanent. However, chances are that additional eye surgery, the most common being cataract surgery, will be needed later in life. Cataracts are like wrinkles, an inevitable reality to celebrate enough birthdays! A cataract is the development of cloudiness in the native lens of the eye. Due to sun exposure, changes with aging, and many other factors, everyone will eventually develop them.
In a minority of cases, LASIK patients may need to undergo a secondary LASIK procedure within the next year to improve on the changes implemented in the first. Over time, as a person’s eyes change, the chances of needing further treatment slowly increase. ClearSight LASIK adds that LASIK is by no means a one-size-fits-all solution that treats all eye problems, and other types of procedures or treatments may be needed if separate conditions arise. However, the clinic notes that the vast majority of these other conditions are unrelated to the patient’s LASIK history.
It is for this reason that the clinic further reminds its community to continue to schedule regular checkups with its eye doctor after a LASIK procedure. Even given the fact that LASIK is known to be extremely effective and safe, a patient can potentially miss other conditions due to the assumption that this procedure has fixed all of their vision problems. It is always best for them to continue to have their eyes checked; this will ensure that they catch new, unrelated problems early enough for treatment to have the best effect.
Patients who undergo LASIK should further be aware that the procedure will not immunize them against the mere effects of aging. Although LASIK permanently changes the shape of the eye, medical and age-related issues can lead to other types of deterioration over time. For example, a patient who will need reading glasses in their mid-40s will still have benefited greatly from the LASIK procedure they underwent at age 18.
The article says, “Everyone suffers from presbyopia – the need for reading glasses or bifocals as they get older. When the inner lens of the eye loses its ability to naturally focus up close, this transformation has taken place. Whether or not someone has had LASIK, this change happens gradually. Additionally, surgery is unable to prevent an eye disease such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or cataracts from impairing vision.
He continues, “As people approach their 40s and beyond, people with presbyopia and even early cataracts often find they need to wear glasses to read or drive at night. These patients can usually be treated with lens replacement or, in some cases, LASIK enhancement surgery.
Taken together, this means that LASIK can make a permanent change to a person’s eyes that provides patients with decades of absence from reading glasses and other temporary eye correction options. However, LASIK cannot prevent a patient’s eyes from aging or suffering from a number of other conditions, so its beneficial effects will gradually wear off over the years. Fortunately, the ClearSight LASIK team are accustomed to restoring their patients’ vision to perfection, and their guidance can help ensure that the full benefits can be enjoyed for as long as possible.
ClearSight LASIK offers more details about the LASIK procedure on its website, but anyone interested can contact the clinic directly to schedule an appointment and have an expert determine if they are a good candidate. Should they wish to continue, they can rest assured that their vision and eye health are in good hands.
For more information about ClearSight LASIK, contact the company here:
7101 Northwest Expy Suite 335
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132