Monday, March 4, 2013

LASIK for Farsightedness

Question: I am +4 in my left eye and +6.5 in my right eye and want to know if LASIK can correct my vision to close to 20/20. I am getting conflicting opinions from different eye doctors about whether LASIK is a good option for me.

Answer: LASIK can be an option for people with farsightedness or hyperopia. Technically, it is possible to correct the +4 and the +6.5 but this may or may not yield 20/20 and more importantly it is not likely to be stable. One would expect a high likelihood of regression of the treatment effect depending on your age and other factors. Most LASIK surgeons would prefer not to perform LASIK above +4 due to the regression. Depending on your age again, many refractive surgeons prefer to perform Refractive Lens Exchange, also called Lens Replacement Surgery, for people with moderate hyperopia and get excellent results. You should find a top LASIK surgeon in your area who is also the best Cataract Surgeon and schedule a consultation to see if this might be a better option for you.

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