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February 29, 2024

By: Steve Tu, DO

Understanding LASIK Enhancements

Repeat LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) has become a popular and effective procedure for correcting refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. However, as with any surgical procedure, there can be instances where the initial LASIK treatment may not provide the desired outcome. In such cases, patients may wonder if LASIK can be repeated if needed. In this blog post, we will explore the possibility of undergoing a second LASIK procedure, known as LASIK enhancement, and the factors that may influence the decision.

Understanding LASIK Enhancement

LASIK enhancement, also known as LASIK retreatment or LASIK touch-up, is a secondary procedure performed to fine-tune the results of the initial LASIK surgery. It is typically recommended when the patient’s vision has regressed or if there are residual refractive errors that were not fully corrected during the initial procedure. LASIK enhancement can help improve visual acuity and address any remaining vision issues.

Factors Influencing LASIK Enhancement

Several factors may influence the decision to undergo LASIK enhancement:

  • Stability of Refractive Error: It is essential to ensure that the refractive error has stabilized before considering LASIK enhancement. The cornea needs time to heal and stabilize after the initial LASIK surgery, and undergoing a secondary procedure too soon can compromise the results.
  • Time Since Initial LASIK: Most surgeons recommend waiting at least six months to a year after the initial LASIK surgery before considering enhancement. This allows for the cornea to stabilize and ensures that any residual refractive errors are accurately assessed.
  • Degree of Refractive Error: The degree of refractive error and the amount of residual correction needed will also play a role in determining whether LASIK enhancement is appropriate. In some cases, other vision correction options such as glasses, contact lenses, or alternative refractive surgeries may be considered.
  • Corneal Thickness: The thickness of the cornea is an important consideration for LASIK enhancement, as the procedure involves reshaping the cornea. If the cornea is too thin or if there is insufficient corneal tissue remaining after the initial LASIK surgery, LASIK enhancement may not be feasible.
  • Overall Eye Health: The overall health of the eye and the presence of any underlying eye conditions or complications will also be taken into account when considering LASIK enhancement.

LASIK Enhancement At SightMD

LASIK enhancement can be a viable option for patients who have had LASIK surgery but are not fully satisfied with the results. However, it is essential to consult with an experienced LASIK surgeon to determine whether LASIK enhancement is appropriate based on individual circumstances. A comprehensive eye examination will help assess the stability of the refractive error, the corneal thickness, and overall eye health to ensure the best possible outcome. If you have had LASIK surgery and are considering LASIK enhancement, contact SightMD today to discuss options available to you. SightMD offers free LASIK enhancements to all LASIK Eye Surgery patients who have chosen to trust our SightMD LASIK Surgeons with their vision. Your vision is worth every effort, and LASIK enhancement may provide the second chance for clear vision that you are looking for.