Can Vision Get Worse Over Time After Lasik?

Could your eyesight still change over time despite undergoing Lasik treatment? 

Whether you are considering getting Lasik or you have just undergone treatment you may be wondering if Lasik results are permanent. While yes, the changes made to the cornea through this cutting-edge laser treatment create permanent results it is possible for vision to still change as you get older. From the office of our New York ophthalmologist Dr. Christopher Coad, learn more about vision changes that could occur after laser eye surgery so you fully understand the procedure’s long-term results before deciding whether it’s right for you.

What is Lasik surgery? 

This surgical procedure is designed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism by correcting the shape of the cornea. Millions of people worldwide have already undergone this treatment to correct their vision and if you are wishing to wake up and see clearly without the use of glasses or contacts then Lasik surgery may be right for you.

Could my vision change after Lasik? 

As we mentioned above, the laser makes permanent changes to the shape of the cornea. This cannot be reversed; however, sometimes vision can continue to change as a person ages. In this case, you may notice changes to your vision over the years even if you’ve undergone Lasik surgery.

Despite this, most people only experience minor changes after LASIK treatment and it’s usually minor enough that they don’t require additional correction. Some choose to wear glasses or contacts, especially at night, to adjust for these small changes. If you are starting to notice changes in your vision years after Lasik surgery, our New York eye doctor would be happy to discuss this with you to determine whether you may benefit from further vision correction.

What is Lasik enhancement? 

In the rare instance that your Lasik procedure didn’t provide satisfactory results or your vision changed significantly over the years, our ophthalmologist may recommend Lasik enhancement, a follow-up treatment that can sharpen your vision. The procedure and recovery time is similar to your original Lasik treatment.

Are you interested in starting the New Year with a new, better vision? If so, the team at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York can help. Call our office today at (212) 220-0066 to schedule a free Lasik consultation with us. The future looks clearer with Lasik.

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  • "Cannot recommend Dr Coad & his lasik coordinator Nicole enough. They are wonderfully supportive and gentle that even if you are nervous it will be difficult to stay that way around this supportive duo! Without a doubt recommend going to see them, they are worth the additional care and cost for a full-service experience that are there just to help you & give you the best vision possible. Thank you Dr Coad & Nicole."
    Yasmin L.
  • "Dr. Coad and his staff made the experience of having a cataract removed the best it could possibly be, from evaluation to discussing options to being reassuring when the surgery began, to follow-up. The evaluation process was efficient, yet at no time did I feel as if it was anything but personal. His staff at all times were both professional and welcoming. Vace, the surgical coordinator, did everything to make sure the surgical process went smoothly.
    As to Dr. Coad himself, I can't say enough. His skill is absolutely top-notch, but it was the concern that he took in making sure that I understood all of my options, and his reassuring manner before, during and after the surgery which makes it easy to recommend him to the fullest to anyone who needs ophthalmic care."
    Ed W.
  • "Had a five star experience at Chelsea Eye! I went to Dr Yoon for an eye exam and she was extremely friendly, helpful and down to earth! I have met all the staff and they are very friendly and easy to talk to. Hugo in particular was wonderful to work with during the exam. It was a breathe of fresh air coming to this practice and I highly recommend going here for an Optometry appointment or Opthalmology appointment with Dr Coad."
    Devon T.
  • "Can I please take a moment and talk about how awesome Dr. Jay Yoon is?!

    I would be friends with this woman! I went in freaked out about a blood vessel on my eye and in total hypochondriac mode (is it a stroke? Is this connected to my brain? Is it gonna spread?). She laughed and calmly said "looks like you've always had this and it's fine and here are some drops cause your eyes are dry and here's my great primary doctor who I recommend since you don't have one."

    She was very funny and relatable and cool - she didn't try to rush me away and she was honest about everything too and so helpful.

    I've already started recommending her and now I'll do it on here: book an appt and be treated so warmly."
    Bonnie G.
  • "Dr Coad and Nicole were both absolutely wonderful. After my brother had LASIK surgery, I decided to go ahead and do the same.

    Both Nicole and Dr. Coad are very proficient in their work. They answered any and all questions that I had, and calmed every nervous feeling that arose from the start, up until the surgery.

    Going through the surgery I was EXTREMELY nervous and Dr. Coad walked me through the entire procedure (before and during) and made my whole LASIK experience a breeze.

    I can not recommend them enough. If you are interested in LASIK Dr. Coad is the only doctor I would trust."
    Christina V.
  • "This team is the absolute best. Christine is a gift from the gods and makes you feel comfortable supported and amazing. She really got me through my anxieties about my recent lasik surgery - which went great! Dr Coad is the best. A fantastic team, a simple process - I highly recommend this team - if you've ever considered lasik (like I have for the last 20 years) make an appt with this great group. You'll be happy you did."
    Mark P.
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