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Can my vision get worse again after laser eye surgery? What is regression?

The term regression refers to the possibility that the eye gradually becomes out of focus again and requires glasses. The focus of the eye never remains constant throughout life.

Even patients who do not wear glasses will undergo fluctuations in their focus.

The glasses or contacts you had 5 years ago would be out of date now and will be different from the glasses or contacts you might need in 5 years’ time. However, it is probable that your vision will remain within the spectacle free zone for a very long time and perhaps forever. In the early days of laser corrective surgery regression was not uncommon. The latest lasers seem to have a more stable outcome although by definition very long-term data is not available yet. Nevertheless it appears that with the latest technology enhancements can be carried out many years later if required.

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Bola Odufuwa

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
MBBS DO FRCS (Ed) FRCOphth MSc

Bola Odufuwa is a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital and My-iClinic. Her specialities include cataract, glaucoma, paediatric, and laser refractive surgery. Bola has had extensive training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she gained expertise in the management of various eye conditions.

Bola Odufuwa’s special interests include optimal refractive outcomes following cataract surgery, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and assessment eyesight in children with special needs: particularly dyslexia and autism.

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Mr John Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
FRCS DO FEBOS -CR

John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. His specialities include ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.