Long-Term Benefits of LASIK
Many LASIK patients are concerned about the longevity
of the surgery’s results. While improved vision is immediate,
in the distant future patients may still be subject to the natural
deterioration of vision associated with aging. Nevertheless, results
from a recently completed study on former LASIK patients are promising.
The study surveyed 200 patients with myopic astigmatism or regular
myopia (also known as nearsightedness). One hundred of the eyes
were corrected using LASIK surgery, while the other hundred eyes
were corrected using PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). Statistics
were collected on the patients for ten years. The researchers
measured negative changes in vision and each eye’s ability
to focus. The results showed that the vision improvement yielded
by both procedures did not deteriorate significantly long-term.
After ten years, the average patient still demonstrated at least
The study was designed to produce reliable statistics on the long-term
benefits and safety of the two popular eye surgery procedures
(LASIK and PRK). The results of this ten-year study were then
presented to both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the
Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in November of 2006.
These results mean that potential LASIK patients can rest easy
that their investment is not shortsighted.