Does LASIK make you need reading glasses?

In this post, we’ll be answering the common question, “Does LASIK make you need reading glasses?”

LASIK surgery can drastically improve your eyesight if you’re a candidate. But could it affect your vision quality in the long term causing you to need reading glasses? The short answer is… no, it doesn’t. You will, however, be susceptible to the normal ageing process that we all go through. So, you’ll eventually need reading glasses, just like the rest of us.

LASIK and the ageing process

As you age, so do your eyes. It’s a process known as presbyopia, and everyone is susceptible to it. Presbyopia occurs when the lens at the back of your eye starts to harden and is no longer as elastic as when you were younger.

LASIK surgery doesn’t prevent this condition, but it also doesn’t cause it. So, if you’ve been asking the question, “Does LASIK make you need reading glasses,” rest assured that it doesn’t. In fact, there’s no treatment available to prevent or undo presbyopia.

Options to accommodate for the effects of presbyopia include surgery or reading glasses. It’s worth discussing this condition as well as your treatment options with your ophthalmologist.

Is LASIK still worth it?

If the LASIK procedure doesn’t stop you from eventually getting presbyopia, is it still worth getting? The short answer is, ‘absolutely’. If you have LASIK surgery, you can still enjoy all of the benefits LASIK has to offer for up to 2 decades. The procedure is fast and simple. Plus, you’ll start seeing results after just a few days. Start looking for ‘LASIK surgery near me’ so you can find the right professional to work with.

What happens after LASIK surgery?

Your recovery from LASIK surgery is usually prompt. It should take about 1 to 2 days for most patients. Visual stability could take up to a few months if we correct a strong prescription. However, it only takes about 1 to 2 days to start seeing clearly.

LASIK side-effects

Most LASIK side-effects occur in the days following the procedure. These include symptoms such as burning and itching which is caused by temporary dry eye, sensitivity to light and nighttime glare, and halos.

The good news is that these side effects tend to resolve just a few days after the procedure. Some will resolve in the 3 to 4-month healing time frame.

During this timeframe, you’ll still enjoy improved vision without the need for glasses and contacts. However, this doesn’t mean that your eyes are not susceptible to ageing.

If you’re in Fortitude Valley and are looking for ‘LASIK near me’, VSON can help you out. Make a free appointment with us today.

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With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

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