Do You Need Reading Glasses After LASIK?

Laser Vision Specialists serving Toms River, Brick, Barnegat & Manalapan Township, New Jersey

You’re pursuing LASIK to eliminate your dependency on corrective lenses. So, it’s only natural to wonder if you’ll need to wear reading glasses after laser eye surgery. The answer largely depends on the technique used during your procedure. Traditional LASIK does not address age-related close vision loss, but an approach called monovision does.

Traditional LASIK for Younger Patients

Like your body, your eyes change over time. Many adults start to have trouble seeing clearly at close distances around their early 40s. This is due to a normal change, known as presbyopia, which affects the eye’s focusing ability. Everyone will experience some degree of presbyopia, regardless of whether or not they’ve had a traditional LASIK procedure.

Traditional LASIK is meant to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It’s not designed to treat or prevent age-related close vision problems.

If you're younger than 40, you will likely undergo traditional LASIK. This procedure is a great option to safely and effectively improve your refractive vision error for years to come. A traditional LASIK procedure will neither delay nor hasten your eventual need for reading glasses.

Monovision LASIK for Older Patients

Woman with presbyopia reading the newspaper If you’re struggling with refractive vision errors and age-related close vision loss, consider a LASIK technique called monovision. With monovision LASIK, our ophthalmologists correct one eye for distance vision and one eye for near vision. While it may sound strange, this alternative to traditional LASIK can help you achieve a clear range of vision.

To ensure that your brain can adapt to this type of vision correction, our eye doctors will likely encourage you to try monovision contact lenses first. You may already be using monovision contact lenses to decrease your dependence on glasses and feel comfortable with this difference in focus. However, not everyone is satisfied with monovision.

Sometimes, younger patients wonder if they can undergo monovision LASIK to prevent the need for reading glasses in the future. Monovision LASIK is only appropriate for patients who are experiencing presbyopia at the time of the vision correction procedure. If you’re in your 20s, it may be another 20 years or more before you encounter any close vision challenges.

Other Surgical Alternatives to Reading Glasses

If you’re over the age of 50 and looking for a different surgical alternative to reading glasses, refractive lens exchange may be the ideal solution. Unlike monovision LASIK that reshapes your cornea, refractive lens exchange involves replacing the natural lens of your eye with a state-of-the-art artificial lens. Known as an IOL, this lens can improve the clarity and sharpness of your vision by treating presbyopia and refractive vision errors. Our ophthalmologists perform this procedure with the CATALYS® Precision Laser System because it offers unmatched precision and safety.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More

The board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists at Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates are here to help you obtain the best vision possible. Whether you’re a young patient looking to correct a refractive vision error or an older adult looking for ways to overcome presbyopia, our team can help.

Call 732-349-5622 today to schedule your consultation to find out the right solution for your needs. We welcome patients from Marlboro, Toms River, Brick, and Barnegat, New Jersey.