The answer to this question is “yes” and “no.”
LASIK vision correction in Virginia Beach is typically performed to correct a refractive error that has been present since childhood or acquired later in life:
- Myopia (nearsightedness), which results in blurry distance vision
- Hyperopia (farsightedness), which results in blurry up-close vision
- Astigmatism, which results in blurry vision at all distances
Once adults hit their 40s, a different condition called presbyopia can begin to affect up-close vision. Presbyopia occurs as the eye lenses begin to lose flexibility, making it difficult to focus on things close-up. Over-the-counter reading glasses in Virginia Beach are available in various strengths to help accommodate for this change in vision.
LASIK does not correct presbyopia. During a LASIK procedure, the cornea is slightly reshaped to allow light to properly focus on the retina (the back of the eye) to achieve clear vision. Because presbyopia is not caused by the shape of the cornea, LASIK in its basic form does not correct this vision condition.
However, there is a loophole!
Monovision LASIK in Virginia Beach can be performed to provide clear distance vision in one eye and clear up-close vision in the other, affording clear vision at all distances. This technique can take some time to adjust to, so trial contact lenses may be prescribed before you have the procedure.
So if you don’t want to feel embarrassed about wearing your glasses to read…or feel like your grandmother with your reading glasses…you may want to consider monovision LASIK or other forms of vision correction. Contact Tidewater Eye Centers in Virginia Beach today to schedule a free LASIK Consultation to discuss the options. Call 757-483-0400 or visit tidewatereye.com to schedule your appointment online.