Can LASIK Fix Farsightedness?
Are you one of the many people who are farsighted? Are you able to enjoy going to the movies, but struggle to see videos on your phone? If so, you may be wondering if LASIK surgery can help improve your vision. Fortunately, the answer is yes! LASIK surgery is a common laser eye surgery that can correct many vision issues, including farsightedness.
In this blog, we’ll explore what farsightedness is, how it’s treated with LASIK surgery and whether or not it’s the right procedure for you.
What Is Farsightedness?
Farsightedness (or hyperopia) is a refractive error where distant objects appear more clear but near objects appear blurry. This occurs because light entering the eye does not focus properly on the retina. The cause of this condition is when either the eyeball is too short or when the cornea’s curvature is too flat. Those that struggle with contacts and glasses can consider ditching them for other more permanent treatments such as LASIK surgery.
Lasik for Farsightedness
LASIK stands for “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis,” and it involves using advanced laser technology to reshape the cornea and correct refractive errors, such as farsightedness. During a LASIK procedure, a specialized laser will reshape tissue from the central part of your cornea while preserving its outer edges. This helps change its shape and allows light to focus correctly on your retina. Afterward, you’ll be able to see clearly without having to rely on corrective lenses or contact lenses.
Presbyopia: Age-Related Farsightedness
Presbyopia is an age-related condition in which the eyes lose their ability to focus on objects at short distances. This occurs as part of the normal aging process, usually beginning around the late 30s or early 40s. For some, this can be a new vision problem. However, for others that have always had issues seeing objects at a distance, this is when bifocals typically come into play.
It is caused by a stiffening of the lens inside the eye, which reduces its flexibility and prevents it from bringing near objects into focus. The result is blurry vision when looking at items that are close up, such as books, menus, mobile phones, etc.
Is LASIK Right for Me?
The best way to determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery is by consulting with an experienced eye doctor that specializes in refractive surgery procedures like LASIK eye surgery and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). During an initial consultation, your doctor will evaluate your eyes thoroughly and explain all possible treatment options available so that you can make an informed decision about which option works best for you.
In conclusion, if you are suffering from farsightedness, there is hope! With advances in laser technology, there are now several treatment options available that can help improve your vision significantly—including one of the most popular treatments out there—LASIK surgery!
Be sure to talk to one of our doctors about not only the benefits of LASIK, but also any risks of LASIK that may pertain to your individual needs and circumstances.