Is LASIK Repeatable?

Posted on March 4, 2012 · Posted in Surgery

Perhaps the most popular questions we get at FirstView Eye Care Associates concern LASIK, its potential repeatability, and the best age to have surgery.  The quick answer is that LASIK can be performed more than once on a patient, but its repeatability needs to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

A big factor in this decision is corneal thickness.  LASIK reshapes the surface of the eye by removing tissue; the more prescription a patient has, the more tissue needs to be removed.  So if the initial procedure results in a corneal thickness amenable to a second procedure/enhancement, it can possibly be repeated.

The best age for surgery is one where the patient has demonstrated good stability in their prescription.  For this reason, most individuals are not considered candidates until 19-20 years old when prescriptions tend to stabilize for many.