Question: When I was in my mid forties I began wearing glasses to read up close. As I got older my distance vision became blurry and I started wearing bifocals all the time. I am now 56 years old. I farm for a living and wearing glasses really is a hassle for me as I am continuously knocking them off, can't keep the dust off them and they fog up when I go in and out of heated buildings and vehicles. I was wondering if it is possible to correct my distance vision with LASIK where I do not have to wear glasses all the time. I do not mind wearing glasses to read with or when I do close up work. Naturally I would prefer to not have to wear any glasses, but at this point I'm willing to do almost anything to reduce my dependence on them.
Answer: Your occupation and dislike for eyeglasses is quite understandable. It is not clear from your description whether you are actually nearsighted or farsighted at distance. We would guess that you are presbyopic-the near vision focusing problem that typically starts in your forties and most likely farsighted based on the timing of onset of your distance blurry vision. LASIK can correct mild degrees of farsightedness in many instances and help your distance vision-if your are determined to be a good candidate otherwise. However, based on your age it is quite possible that you might be an even better candidate for Lens Replacement Surgery using a multifocal lens implant to correct BOTH your distance and near vision all at once. This might actually allow you to be independent of glasses for 85-90% of the activities you do each day. It also entails removing the crystalline lens in your eye and replacing it-thus you will not have to worry about getting cataracts. That said, it is worth exploring by finding a top LASIK Surgeon in your area who is also the best Cataract Surgeon and scheduling a consultation to see what is possible.
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