Having LASIK? Why You May Still Need Glasses

Having LASIK? Why You May Still Need Glasses
If you are considering LASIK surgery, chances are you are hoping that the procedure will help you throw away your glasses or contact lenses for good. For many patients, LASIK does free them from the need for glasses, at least for a while, but you may be surprised to learn that you will still need glasses, maybe now and almost certainly as you age, even after LASIK. Here’s why:


LASIK Doesn’t Always Work

Unfortunately, as with any surgical eye procedure, LASIK doesn’t always work. Some patients find that their vision is not as clear as they expected after the procedure. This can be because of doctor error or because their eyes do not respond to treatment as eyes typically do. Regardless, if your procedure does not work as expected, you may still need glasses or contact lenses after LASIK. Even for patients with a successful outcome, LASIK may only improve vision to a 90 percent point. Your doctor may feel that the risks of additional surgery are not worth taking if you reach the 90 percent point. In this case, you may need glasses after LASIK for certain tasks, like driving at night, even if you can perform most tasks without them.


LASIK Doesn’t Slow the Aging Process

Why is it that so many people age 45 or older wear glasses or even bifocals? As the eye ages, it becomes increasingly difficult to see close up. LASIK does not show the normal aging process, which causes presbyopia in the eye in almost every adult, even those who have perfect vision. Even if your LASIK procedure is 100 percent effective and your vision is perfect post-surgery, you can expect to need reading glasses in the future.


LASIK Can Make Seeing at Night Hard

Some patients who have LASIK find that their vision in low light situations is not ideal, even though it is fine during the day. This may require the use of glasses after LASIK at night or in dark places. Using glasses after LASIK can be discouraging. However, it is a reality for many patients. The good news is that a variety of contact lens products can also be used, instead of glasses. Global Contact Lens Specialists can help you determine if a contact lens product is the right solution for your post-LASIK vision struggles.