Will I Need Reading Glasses After LASIK

Happy 60s older mature middle aged adult woman waving hand holding digital tablet In America, over 14 million people suffer from hyperopia (farsightedness). If you are one of those people, you are likely tired of constantly searching for your reading glasses.

Farsightedness is often the result of a too-flat cornea, causing light to fall behind your retina instead of on it. With LASIK we can reshape your cornea, resolve the condition, and greatly improve your vision.  

After the LASIK procedure to reshape your cornea, your reliance on reading glasses will be greatly reduced. While some people are able to read comfortably without glasses, LASIK doesn’t prevent the development of age-related conditions that may require glasses in the future. 

Age-related Presbyopia

Many people find it hard to read and focus on close objects as they get older. Presbyopia, the inability to see close-by objects clearly, is very common in adults over age forty, even in those who suffer from myopia, or nearsightedness. Interestingly, you can have both nearsightedness and presbyopia simultaneously. 

Presbyopia is not caused by the cornea’s shape. As people age, the lens on their eyes hardens, which causes the near-sighted condition. If you previously had LASIK to treat far-sightedness, you can still develop presbyopia in the future.

Treating Presbyopia With LASIK

While LASIK doesn’t prevent presbyopia, it can correct it. Using a procedure known as Monovision, we can correct one eye for farsightedness and the other eye for nearsightedness. Your two eyes will work together, reducing your need for glasses to see near and far. 

Is LASIK Right for You

LASIK can correct your vision, whether you suffer from Myopia (nearsightedness), Hyperopia (farsightedness), Presbyopia (aging eye), or astigmatism. The LASIK procedure is quick, non-invasive, with a short recovery time, while the benefits are life-long.

Call us at 847-677-2794 for a consultation and evaluation to learn how LASIK can correct your vision. Dr. Sondheimer will examine your eyes and review your medical history to determine whether LASIK is the right choice for you.

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