Lasik surgery is a popular procedure for correcting vision problems, but it can also lead to vision regression. Regression is defined as a return to a previous state, and while the eye is unlikely to return to its pre-Lasik state, it is possible for vision to change after the procedure. To prevent regression, it is important to make sure that the power of the glasses is stable before undergoing refractive surgery. Most patients enjoy good, uncorrected vision in the short term after LASIK, but long-term studies have shown that regression after LASIK is common.
While there is no surefire way to prevent regression, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk. The first step in preventing vision regression after Lasik is to ensure that the power of the glasses is stable before undergoing refractive surgery. This is why LASIK surgery is not performed on children, since the power of their glasses is almost always not stable yet. It is also important to follow up with your doctor after the procedure and attend regular check-ups.
This will help your doctor monitor any changes in your vision and take steps to address them if necessary. In addition, there are certain activities that can help reduce the risk of regression. These include avoiding activities that require intense focusing, such as using a computer for long periods of time or reading small print. It is also important to wear sunglasses when outdoors and use lubricating eye drops if necessary.
Finally, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep. While there is no surefire way to prevent vision regression after Lasik, these steps can help reduce the risk. It is important to remember that most patients enjoy good, uncorrected vision in the short term after LASIK and that any regression that does occur is usually low-grade and does not require glasses. Ultimately, refractive regression is a multifactorial process that may vary between individuals, and future efforts for its prevention should be aimed at developing a more complete view of the risk factors and the mechanisms of such regression.