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Should I use reading glasses after laser eye surgery or is the surgery going to fix that?

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Dr. Tal Raviv
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Likely reading glass

If you are already wearing reading glasses or bifocals before lasik, you will likely still need glasses for near after. Lasik typically corrects the distance vision permanently.
After age 40, near vision still needs an additional reading glass correction. There is an option to purposely undercorrect one eye (leaving it near sighted) to allow spectacle free vision - this is called monovision.

In brief: Likely reading glass

If you are already wearing reading glasses or bifocals before lasik, you will likely still need glasses for near after. Lasik typically corrects the distance vision permanently.
After age 40, near vision still needs an additional reading glass correction. There is an option to purposely undercorrect one eye (leaving it near sighted) to allow spectacle free vision - this is called monovision.
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: Laser monovision

In patients older than 45 years of age who have both eyes layered for distance, then you would need reading glasses after surgery for fine print up close.
A significant percentage of this group will consider treated their dominant eye for distance and their non-dominant eye for near (monovision). This treatment allows patients to go without glasses for both near and distance even if over 45.

In brief: Laser monovision

In patients older than 45 years of age who have both eyes layered for distance, then you would need reading glasses after surgery for fine print up close.
A significant percentage of this group will consider treated their dominant eye for distance and their non-dominant eye for near (monovision). This treatment allows patients to go without glasses for both near and distance even if over 45.
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