Can I Get Laser Eye Surgery Twice?

You can’t answer the question “Can I get laser eye surgery twice?” without understanding all the aspects of a second surgery. The benefits of a secondary laser eye treatment can be significant in getting your vision where you want it to be. However, it’s important to understand the risks as well.

In this article, we discuss whether you can undergo this surgery a second time. We also explain how your ophthalmic surgeon can help you determine whether it’s the best course of action for you based on your situation and the risks involved.

Continue reading so you can understand the process and make an informed decision.

Why would I need a second surgery?

The majority (more than 95%) of laser eye procedures result in a successful and permanent vision correction. As a result, these patients often don’t need to see their ophthalmic surgeon for a second surgery. However, a small percentage of procedures aren’t as effective, and others see their results diminish with age as a result of unrelated eye conditions (e.g. presbyopia).

Some patients experience (especially those with high prescriptions to begin with) the over or under correction of their eyes after their first laser eye treatment.

For other patients, the natural ageing process affects the muscles and elasticity of their eyes. As a result, as you age, the lenses of your eyes become harder, and you have trouble focusing, a condition known as presbyopia. Eventually, you’ll also get cataracts.

These conditions are common in older adults. They’re unavoidable (whether or not you undergo laser surgery), and they cannot be reversed without a lens replacement.

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Can I get laser eye surgery twice?

Fortunately, whether you develop presbyopia or did not get the full benefits from your first procedure, you may still be able to have a second surgery. Your ophthalmic surgeon will need to determine your eligibility first. They need to be sure your cornea can safely respond to a second eye treatment. To do this, they will take measurements of the cornea’s thickness. Then, if your surgeon approves the secondary procedure, they will reshape the surface of your eye with a high-precision laser. This allows more light to enter your eye so it can focus more effectively.

Are there risks with a second eye treatment?

Part of the answer to the question “Can I get laser eye surgery twice?” involves understanding the risks involved. As with initial treatment, side effects can last for a few days to a few months following the procedure. These side effects may include dry eyes and nighttime glare—as well as a tiny loss of visual acuity, though this is very rare.

Talking with your ophthalmic surgeon about this procedure will help you remain fully informed of the risks.

You make the decision

The answer to the question “Can I get laser eye surgery twice?” involves several different aspects, each of which is unique to you and your situation. Undergoing the high precision laser eye treatment as a second surgery can be beneficial if you’re a candidate. The best option is to speak with your ophthalmic surgeon to decide.

Book your appointment today to decide whether a second surgery is the best option for you.

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Dr. Matthew Russell

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Laser eye and cataract surgery specialist

With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I understand that medical and surgical eye care is a serious undertaking. I take the time to address whatever questions and concerns you might have. I believe everyone’s eyes are unique and require a customised solution tailored to your needs and goals.

My combination of education, training and experience positions me to provide optimal results for patients of all ages. I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I have hand-picked a team of professionals that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.

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