One of the most frequent questions patients ask is whether or not the LASIK procedure will last. The simple answer is yes, it does last. We have a long experience with laser refractive surgery – 20 years to be exact, and for most of our patients, laser refractive surgery lasts. We have patients who had the procedure 20 years ago and have had little or no change in their refractive error. Of course, as patients develop changes in their own bodies, they may develop refractive changes as well. Diabetes and cataracts can change the refraction of an eye and thus the need for an enhancement.
LASIK lasts as long as it is performed within the range in which it is considered effective. If we expand the parameters beyond of treatment beyond certain limits, the refraction can change with time. Because we have such a long experience with the procedure, we do know what the limits are.