You may still need reading glasses with LASIK

Presbyopia, a condition in which the elasticity of the eye decreases and the eye’s ability to quickly adjust focus diminishes, is inevitable and incurable. It’s one of the conditions America’s aging population has to manage as it acquires wisdom and wealth.

It seemed that the only way to cope with presbyopia was to wear reading glasses…until LASIK technology was invented. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In-Situ-Keratomileusis. It’s a surgical procedure that makes permanent changes in the cornea’s shape. The purpose of the procedure is to correct, once and for all, blurred vision without the use of reading glasses.

But, unknown to many patients, LASIK cannot necessarily correct nearsighted vision. In fact, according to the FDA’s warnings, patients over the age of 40 may still need to wear reading glasses or contact lenses after the surgery to fully correct their eyes for near distances, or when “performing visually demanding tasks,” including nighttime driving, operating heavy equipment, or any task requiring sharp, close vision.

So you may ask is LASIK worth it? Well that is an individual decision you must make with the advice of  your eye doctor. If you are in your mid to late 40s you still have a risk of wearing reading glasses after the surgery. Plus, for the most part LASIK isn’t covered by insurance and can be very expensive. Additionally, with reading glasses becoming a big fashion statement you may not want to lose that distinctive unique look.

LASIK is a very popular cosmetic procedure that has changed lives for the better for millions of people all over the world. Just make sure you do all your homework before the procedure and weigh out all the pros and cons before you move forward with it.


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