Question: I have nearsightedness of -1.75 each eye and starting to suffer from presbyopia and near vision problems. Is LASIK Surgery an option for me? I don't think I would be interested in a lens implant. Also, does insurance pay any cost towards the surgery?
Answer: While LASIK is primarily used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism to help people be less dependent or even eliminate the need for glasses for seeing at a distance, there are applications of LASIK that are useful and pretty successful for helping with presbyopia and near vision correction. The most typical way is to employ a monovision LASIK procedure where by calculating a planned under correction in the non dominant or "near vision" eye it is possible to enhance the rage of arm's length vision and near vision. There are a number of complex presbyopic LASIK procedures that include using aspheric treatment shapes and multifocal treatment zones but these have gotten much acceptance due to considerable variability in results. Your next step is to schedule a consultation with the best LASIK Surgeon you can find in your area and from the examination and results they will be able to tell you more about whether the monovision LASIK might work for you. In addition they will be able to check your specific insurance plan to see if there is a LASIK benefit for you. It will be helpful when you attend your LASIK consultation if you could have a close approximation of the distances you need to see more clearly at for the eye surgeon to possible "test" this with contact lenses to see how you respond.
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