Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Near Vision & LASIK Surgery

Question: While reading, I see that LASIK surgery can correct issues with seeing up close (reading). Is this correct? At what age is it good to get this done? I am 47 now and my eyes haven't changed for several years, but I don't want to get the surgery and then have to wear reading glasses a short time afterwards.


Answer: It is impossible to really advise you as their are some key details about your situation that would need to be clarified. You do not say whether you currently wear any reading correction or bifocal correction and it is not obvious what type and degree of correction you wear for distance if any. LASIK Surgery is beneficial for patients who wish to be less dependent or even independent of eyeglasses and contact lenses for seeing clearly at distance. It is possible for some people with certain types of correction and with certain near vision requirements to have Monovision LASIK whereby some help with reading and near vision can be offered by adjusting the correction of the non dominant eye so that it focuses more effectively for intermediate arm's length and near vision and "blends" with the full far vision correction in the dominant eye. Your best next step is to schedule a consultation with a top LASIK Surgeon in your area and have the necessary eye health evaluation as well as refractive measurements taken to determine what your suitability might be.


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