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Can Reading Vision (Presbyopia) Be Corrected After LASIK for Nearsightedness (Myopia)?

Can Reading Vision (Presbyopia) Be Corrected After LASIK for Nearsightedness (Myopia)?

Presbyopia is a common vision condition that typically becomes more noticeable with age. It results from changes in the eye's lens and ciliary muscles, making it challenging to focus on close-up objects.


For individuals who have previously undergone LASIK to correct short-sightedness (myopia) and later develop Presbyopia, there are options for correction.


  1. NV LASIK for Presbyopia: NV LASIK is a surgical procedure that can enhance vision for both near and distant objects. It can be an effective solution for individuals experiencing Presbyopia after LASIK for myopia. The procedure can provide clear vision in one eye for near vision and the other for distance vision. This approach addresses the change in vision due to aging, which affects the eye's ability to focus on nearby objects. The duration of the effect can vary from 3 to 5 years, depending on individual eye conditions.

  2. Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) for Presbyopia: RLE is another option to correct Presbyopia after LASIK for myopia. This surgical procedure involves removing the eye's natural lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. By replacing the lens, the eye's focusing power can be adjusted to correct hyperopia.


It's important to note that there can be misconceptions about presbyopia and how it interacts with other refractive errors. For example, some individuals believe that myopia will revert to normal vision as they age.  In summary, it is possible to treat presbyopia after LASIK for myopia using surgical procedures like NV LASIK or RLE, depending on the individual's specific condition and needs. These treatments can help individuals achieve clear vision for both near and distant objects.


** In reality, presbyopia is a separate condition that results from changes in the eye, particularly the weakening of the eye's focusing muscles. While it might improve near vision slightly, it doesn't restore normal vision.


**For individuals who have presbyopia alongside uncorrected short-sightedness, this can lead to difficulties with both near and distant vision, especially as they reach their 40s. In such cases, it's essential to consult with an eye specialist to explore corrective options.

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