Laser Surgery For Far-Sightedness

Laser Surgery For Far-Sightedness

far-sightednessLaser eye surgery has become increasingly popular for treating far-sightedness. As with near-sighted patients, the laser is used to reshape the cornea, which will ensure that the light rays are properly focused.

There are primarily two ways in which laser surgery can be used to treat far-sightedness. The options include PRK and LASIK. Whichever method is used, the procedure is carried out under local anesthesia and is finished in minutes.

Depending on the type of treatment chosen by the surgeon, it can take anything from a week to several months for full recovery after laser eye surgery; for this reason some people who have PRK may choose to have one eye operated on at a time.

What is far-sightedness?
Far-sightedness is a condition in which the natural focusing power of the eye is not enough. In general, far-sighted eyes are shorter than normal. This lack of focusing power is usually compensated for by the crystalline lens inside the eye until it begins to lose its elasticity. This generally becomes a problem as a person gets into their 40’s and 50’s. In far-sighted individuals, the first thing they will notice is that they have difficulty reading and need reading glasses. Eventually even distance vision becomes blurry without glasses.

Patients in their 40’s and 50’s who have laser vision correction to allow them to see well at distance without glasses will also note that their reading vision is also improved somewhat. This is because the reserve focusing power of the crystalline lens is now able to be used for near tasks rather than being used to up to try to focus on distant objects. Monovision is an option whereby the dominant eye is treated for distance vision and the non-dominant eye is intentionally made near-sighted to allow the person to read without glasses. This is a good option for many patients. If you are interested in monovision and haven’t tried this in contact lenses, we will simulate monovision with contact lenses in the office to determine if you are a good candidate for this arrangement.