How Long Does Lasik Last?
The average person will need to have at least one lasik procedure every five years. That means if you are over 18 years old, then your eyesight will deteriorate before it improves. If you are under 18, then your vision may improve within three years but you might not see well with the naked eye until six or seven years later.
You might think that you would be able to get better with time but unfortunately, the human body doesn’t work like that. You will never regain full sight unless you undergo another procedure.
So when do you want to have lasik?
Well, the best time is between ages 25 and 35 because then your eyes are still developing so they can make more use of the remaining corneas.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 20, then you will probably only benefit from having one lasik procedure every two to four years. Your eyes are already fully developed so there is no point in getting them any worse. If you’re 21 or older, then your eyes aren’t ready for another procedure yet so don’t bother waiting around for it.
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What Is Lasik?
With lasik, the surgeon will make a thin cut at the edge of your cornea. He will then apply a coolant to keep the eye from overheating. A machine will then gently pull your eye back while the surgeon cuts a flap in the cornea. After this is done, the surgeon will apply an acid solution on your eye to further weaken it so that it can be folded back.
Once the flap is ready, the surgeon will apply some alcohol to it and then apply a laser beam on your eye. The laser beam will be focused precisely on the surface of your eye so that it can effectively remove the parts of the cornea that are causing your vision to be less than perfect. Once this process is completed, then the surgeon will fold back the flap, apply some medication on the cornea to further protect it from outside elements and then put the eye back in place.
You might feel like you still have something in your eye for a few days but that will go away before long. You can then see clearly out of your good eye whenever you want to.
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