Friday, January 10, 2014

LASIK & Progressive Bifocals

Question: I interested in LASIK eye surgery but I wear progressive bifocals and wasn't sure if that is a possibility. I am also wondering if the fact that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis would affect my eligibility.

Answer: LASIK is mainly used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism for seeing clearly at distance. Progressive addition bifocals give you a full range of vision and not just distance vision correction. A technique called monovision LASIK can often be used to provide a certain limited range of arm’s length and near vision-but it really depends on your near and intermediate vision correction demands and needs. Your best next step is to find a top LASIK surgeon and schedule a consultation. Be prepared to provide the exact distances that you need to see clearly for and how you use your vision for varying distance tasks. Now, Rheumatoid Arthritis could be a relative contraindication for LASIK depending on whether it is medically controlled. The LASIK surgeon will need to discuss this with your Rheumatologist.

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