How Likely is a Vision Regression after LASIK?

Ophthalmologist & LASIK Surgeon Serving Chicago, Lombard & Naperville areas of Illinois

Posted: October 7, 2019

Click here to contact our LASIK surgeon todayOne of the biggest reasons why LASIK is such a popular procedure is that it can permanently improve your vision. During LASIK consultations, many of the questions patients ask Dr. Richard B. Foulkes revolve around the longevity of the results and whether they will experience vision regression following their surgery.

The good news is that regression can be corrected by a simple follow-up procedure, and fewer than 1 percent of Dr. Foulkes' patients require that step. Dr. Foulkes has performed more than 48,000 LASIK surgeries in his career, so you can feel confident that he'll get it right the first time. This blog explains the causes of vision regression after LASIK, breaks down why the risk is extremely low, and clarifies the difference between that deterioration and age-related vision decline.

What Causes Vision Regression After LASIK?

There are two main factors that can lead to regression after LASIK:

  • Farsightedness: For farsighted patients, the LASIK procedure involves making the cornea steeper to allow better magnification. This creates a trench around your eye that will fill in with skin and potentially cause regression. Dr. Foulkes accounts for this by slightly over-correcting farsighted patients.
  • Contact lenses: Depending on the type of contacts that you wear, and how you wear them, your lenses could potentially lead to regression. Wearing lenses non-stop and sleeping in them after LASIK could both harm your results. If you use a Toric-type contact lens, you should switch to a different type of contact following your procedure.

How Likely is Vision Regression After LASIK?

Regression after LASIK is incredibly rare. Fewer than 1 percent of Dr. Foulkes' patients experience it. If you don't experience either of the factors listed above, your chances of experiencing regression are extremely low.

This is because LASIK permanently reshapes your cornea to help you achieve clearer vision. Tissue that is removed from the cornea will not come back, so your eye won't revert to its previous state.

LASIK and Presbyopia

Presbyopia may be the source of the myth that vision regression after LASIK is ordinary. If LASIK patients have to start wearing glasses again, presbyopia is likely the cause. Presbyopia is the age-related decline in vision. It's unavoidable and nothing, not even LASIK, can prevent it.

Presbyopia typically begins around age 40. It affects the ability of your eyes' natural lenses to focus on nearby objects. LASIK involves reshaping your cornea, which sits in front of your lens, so the surgery can't affect your lens. Even if you still have great vision after LASIK, you'll likely need reading glasses as you age to help you see close objects.

Contact Our Chicago LASIK Surgeon Today

Dr. Foulkes is one of Chicago's premier ophthalmologists. With more than 20 years of experience and more than 48,000 LASIK procedures performed during his career,  he has the knowledge and skill to help you achieve the clear, glasses-free vision you've always wanted.

Dr. Foulkes serves Lombard, Naperville, Chicago, and surrounding areas of Illinois. Call (630) 724-1400 today to schedule a consultation.