When is Retreatment a Good Idea?
After 60,000 + procedures, Dr. Cutarelli has a formula for successful surgical outcomes. Sometimes factors such as individual prescription values, unique physiology and individual response to the laser treatment, an additional LASIK treatment or LASIK enhancement, may be needed to obtain personal best vision.
LASIK enhancements or retreatment are occasionally necessary to fine tune the optical correction that is achieved during the initial LASIK procedure. After having a thorough consultation with Dr. Cutarelli, LASIK eye surgery is quite predictable when performed for patients who have well established goals and motivation. As an experienced LASIK surgeon, Dr. Cutarelli will take the time to perform all necessary diagnostic testing and carefully consider the treatment options to deliver the best possible results. Nonetheless, while every precaution is taken and painstaking attention is given to every detail, each of your eyes will heal in an individual way. In some small number of patients, if there is an overcorrection or an undercorrection as a result of your individual healing response, it may require a LASIK enhancement or retreatment surgery to help you obtain the best possible results.
Patients must wait a minimum of three months after the first LASIK eye surgery so as to allow stability of the results and must have adequate corneal tissue and meet other conditions set by Dr. Cutarelli. It is rare to require an enhancement beyond six months after the initial treatment.
Your eyes take time to heal. This is especially the case with Custom LASIK that can take as long as six to eight weeks before you will see the “custom” effect. Do not become anxious if you experience a dramatic improvement in your vision within the first 24 hours and then have a more modest improvement each day for the following several weeks. This is normal and you should NOT jump to the conclusion that you need an enhancement. An enhancement is a second surgical procedure and should be carefully considered as to whether it is actually necessary.
Whether you have Custom LASIK or traditional LASIK, give your eyes the necessary healing time before you begin to ask if you need an enhancement. Do not demand an enhancement of your LASIK surgeon. Enhancements should only be performed if there are specific activities that you are unable to perform due to residual overcorrection or undercorrection. Attempting to “improve the numbers” is not a good reason to ask for enhancement. If you are able to engage in the activities that you wish to do without being dependent on eyeglasses or contacts after your procedure, do not seek an enhancement just to “see a little better”. Enhancements have many of the same risks as the initial surgery so they should be considered only if medically necessary and at the suggestion of your eye surgeon.