LASIK and Glasses
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True, you already know that LASIK will have you seeing more clearly without the need for contacts or glasses almost immediately! But some questions regarding LASIK remain: will you ever need your glasses again? Will you need reading glasses for presbyopia later in life?
Since LASIK emerged as the leading laser vision correction procedure a mere 20 or 30 years ago, some long term studies are still inconclusive. However, most scientists and researchers are confident in the results thus far: patients will most likely not need the same prescription glasses they had prior to surgery. This is because in LASIK, the actual topographical imperfections on the surface of the cornea that cause the vision problems are literally erased by a laser, completely changing the anatomy of the eye. AS such, the imperfections will not reappear!
Presbyopia, or the aging-related changing to our visions is typically caused by a generalized weakening of the muscles within the eye. As such, these changes are not associated with the anatomical changes made during the LASIK procedure, and the eyes may still be at risk for developing age-related vision changes. However, if you've taken advantage of the revolutionary LASIK procedure, you already know the results you've obtained are well worth every moment without the glasses or contacts that you get to live your life!