• Is it possible to get LASIK for farsightedness since I have previously had nearsightedness correction?


    Question:

    I had LASIK surgery for nearsightedness seven years ago and would now like farsightedness surgery for close-up vision. If it’s possible to even do this, what is the likelihood that the surgery will work?


    Answer:

    This can work depending on the topographic map of your eye and thickness—however, I typically discourage this because as your eye ages, the reading power needs change but the laser treatment will not account for this change and you eventually may need readers again. One possible solution that will be available in the next few years here in the U.S. are corneal inlays for near vision. The two that we will see first are Kamra and Raindrop. There are two such inlays approved in Europe and Asia—it’s just a slower approval process here in the U.S.


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