LASIK is an incredibly effective procedure and, by and large, optimal vision correction occurs within weeks of your first surgery. But according to the American Refractive Surgery Council, anywhere between one and five percent of LASIK procedures will require a second surgery known as Lasik enhancement.
Every eye heals differently and your results will rely on a combination of factors. The surgeon you chose to perform the procedure and the care you take following surgery are two of the biggest. Making sure you select a qualified and board-certified ophthalmologist to perform your laser vision correction can help reduce risks of unpleasant results. So too can carefully and diligently following all pre and postoperative instructions. Failure to take care of your eyes during the recovery process can result in complications and may necessitate a second procedure.
What is LASIK Enhancement?
LASIK enhancement is a second LASIK procedure that is performed to further sculpt the cornea or to address flap complications. Our ophthalmologists use the same flap that was created during your first procedure to access the inner layer of the eye, reducing risks of additional complications.
As with LASIK, once the stroma is exposed, an excimer laser is used to gently reshape corneal tissue for better light refraction. Many people experience 20/20 vision following enhancement, but proper care is needed to avoid complications. During your time in our care, we will ensure you are provided with all of the information and resources you need to make the best recovery possible.
How Common is LASIK Enhancement?
Around 90 percent of LASIK patients report vision of 20/20 or better. Many people who have not achieved 20/20 vision are still able to perform most tasks without the assistance of glasses or contact lenses. Only a small percentage, five at the most, need LASIK enhancement every year.
Some patients need enhancement following their initial surgery, but included in that number are patients whose vision has changed due to the aging process and unavoidable vision changes such as presbyopia.
Is it likely that you will require LASIK enhancement? Not highly. But it is possible and should be considered prior to committing to the procedure.
During your time in our care, we will discuss the possibility of additional treatments along with how those treatments can be paid for. There are circumstances where LASIK enhancement is free of charge, but this is not always the case. Visit out Poughkeepsie or Yorktown office to learn more.
Now is the Time
If you believe you may benefit from LASIK enhancement, now is the time to act, especially if you have an FSA or HSA. Many flex spending accounts cover LASIK enhancement, but a majority of these plans expire on the first of January, taking with them any unused money. You have saved for your health care, don’t let that money go to waste. Call our office to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you achieve crystal clear vision for years to come.
Call 845-454-1025 to schedule your consultation at our Poughkeepsie or Yorktown office today. We welcome patients living throughout the Hudson Valley.