Question: I am 42 years old and it has become very difficult to read to the point that now I simply cant read at all without reading glasses. My eye doctor fitted me with a progressive prescription 2 years ago however recently my eyes have become more strained when I attempt to wear them all day. Would I be a candidate for laser eye surgery to correct this problem and hopefully do away with having to rely on glasses?
Answer: Laser Eye Surgery for Laser Vision Correction is appropriate for people with health eyes but suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The condition you describe whereby you have lost the ability to focus up close and read is more likely to be presbyopia, a normal change as we age where the crystalline lens of the eye loses its elasticity. Procedures such as LASIK are mainly recommended for patients who have decreased distance vision although for some people who need a little extra help reading, a technique called monovision LASIK may be appropriate if they are also in need of distance vision correction. If you primarily wear your glasses for near vision you would not typically be a good LASIK candidiate.
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