Life After Refractive Surgery

The majority of carefully-selected patients for LASIK and other laser vision correction procedures are very happy with the outcome of their refractive surgery. But all refractive surgery patients still need routine eye exams to rule out eye health problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, and to have their vision monitored for any changes. It is not uncommon for a person's vision and need for corrective eyewear to change, even if they have had refractive surgery. Optometrists and general ophthalmologists are well qualified to do these exams. Specialists are not necessary.

Patients with unsatisfactory results from refractive surgery should not accept that their vision is irreparable without discussing the problem with their surgeon and/or their regular eye doctor. These patients should also consider getting a second opinion from another refractive surgeon. There often are multiple treatment options available to improve vision after a less-than-satisfactory refractive surgery outcome, such as an enhancement surgery. However, no additional surgery is often the best option. Even in instances where no good treatment currently exists, a specialist can advise whether future technology may help.