Today, we continue our series on Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK. See part 1 here.
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“I was told in the past that I have astigmatism. Can I get LASIK?”
Mild to moderate amounts of regular astigmatism can be corrected with LASIK. LASIK is FDA approved for up to 6 diopters of astigmatism. The most important factor is to ensure that the astigmatism is regular and there are no signs of keratoconus.
“I was told that I have early keratoconus. Am I a candidate for LASIK?”
Keratoconus is a contraindication for LASIK. If a patient undergoes LASIK, the keratoconus can progress which will make the vision much worse.
“After turning 45, I need reading glasses for small print. Can LASIK eliminate reading glasses?”
LASIK does not eliminate the need for reading glasses. It is mainly used to correct vision for distance.
With that said, LASIK can be used for monovision correction. The dominant eye is corrected for distance and the non-dominant eye is corrected for the intermediate range. Vision from both eyes “blends” together and this eliminates the need for reading glasses in most situations.
Not all patients are good candidates for monovision, but patients who have successfully tested monovision using contact lenses can be great candidates for monovision LASIK.
“Does LASIK wear off?”
LASIK does not usually wear off, but nearsighted patients, whose prescriptions may not have fully stabilized, can regress back to nearsightedness several years after having LASIK. This typically occurs in patients with high nearsighted prescriptions.
Cataracts, which typically start in the fifth decade of life, may require the patients to start wearing glasses again. In this case the change in vision is independent of LASIK and is due to the cataracts. Presbyopia, which is difficulty reading small print and typically starts in the fourth decade of life, is also independent of LASIK.
Call Us Today to Learn More About LASIK
If you are ready for a new solution to your poor vision, LASIK may be an option for you. We invite you to contact Matossian Eye Associates today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly and knowledgeable LASIK specialists. Our team can help you determine if this leading-edge treatment is right for you.