Conditions Lasik Treats

30There are four conditions that LASIK can treat: Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism and Presbyopia. Eyeglasses and contact lenses provide a temporary solution especially if your eyes are still changing.

Glasses and contacts limit your ability to perform certain sports such as swimming and diving. Glasses can fog up in the cold and may make night driving difficult. Contacts can fall out and dry up and may cause allergies and serious infections.

LASIK is a more permanent cure for these eye conditions as long as you are at least 18 years old and your prescription is stable.

Myopia is an eye condition where the eye has too much focusing power. A myopic person sees better up close than far away, so they are “nearsighted”.

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First signs and symptoms:

Adults may first notice problems seeing a movie, watching television or driving at night.

Hyperopia happens when an eye does not have enough focusing power. A hyperopic person sees better far away than close up, so they are “far-sighted”. Although hyperopia can be inherited, many people become farsighted as they age.

First signs and Symptoms:

You may first notice problems reading small print especially in dim light. You may also get headaches or have problems with driving vision.

34Astigmatism is a very common condition. Astigmatism is caused by a “double”, or oval prescription and causes the vision to be blurry at all distances. You may first notice problems reading small print especially in dim light. When astigmatism is more severe, you may get headaches or have problems with driving vision.

Presbyopia is the loss of close vision that happens with age. This loss of accommodation is caused by a loss of elasticity in the lens of the eye. Most people need reading glasses when they are in their mid-to late forties, although it can begin earlier or later and depends on the person’s distance vision, size of print and lighting available. Presbyopia is a progressive problem that continues to deteriorate until the late 60’s. Laser vision correction is a good option for people requiring reading glasses, although it may need to be redone after several years.