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Can I have laser eye surgery more than once?

Published on 14th March 2019

Now you may be thinking, isn’t laser eye surgery permanent? Yes it is, but as we age so do our eyes. This natural ageing process can cause the results of laser eye surgery to change and even reduce.

A question we get asked frequently here at Visualase, Bolton is, can I have laser eye surgery more than once?  The simple answer is yes, in most cases laser eye surgery can be repeated for both LASIK and LASEK procedures.


However, it isn’t always that simple. Each patient is unique and when it comes to something as important as eyesight, care and attention must be taken to ensure that the patient is suitable to have the treatment a second time.

There are a few factors that will affect your chances of having laser re-treatment, which include:

  • The thickness of your corneal tissue
  • The amount of corneal tissue that needs to be removed.

During laser eye surgery, some of your corneal tissue is removed to reshape the surface of your eye. The higher your prescription the greater the amount of corneal tissue that needs to be removed.

If during your re-treatment consultation, your surgeon finds that your corneal tissue is thick enough and the other health requirements are met, you would be suitable to have the surgery again. Of course, your surgeon will advise you on your suitability.

Here at Visualase, Bolton, we are happy to help! If you’re considering laser eye surgery, get in touch with us to arrange an appointment with our surgeon for an assessment and consultation.

All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.