Reading vision correction: Answering the 5 most frequently asked questions

07 Aug 2020

Here at Optilase, we want to help you make an informed decision before having the inlay vision correction. You will find below, some of the most frequently asked questions from patients.

If, after reading the answers below, we have not answered the question you are looking for, you can ask your own question by using the contact form at the bottom of the page. One of our Optilase staff members will respond to your questions as soon as possible.

What is the difference between Laser Eye Surgery and Reading Vision Correction?
Laser Eye Surgery is performed to correct problems related to the cornea. Laser
eye surgery is suitable for people between the ages of 18-65 and corrects the following conditions:

• Long-sightedness
• Short-sightedness
• Astigmatism

In people over the age of 40 wearing reading glasses, the problem is usually related to the lens of the eye. As the eye ages, the lens becomes hard and loses its gel-like flexibility. The muscles surrounding the lens which in a young eye can help the lens to focus also become weaker and as a result the eye cannot focus on fine print. The condition is called presbyopia. Reading vision correction corrects presbyopia.

At Optilase, we are also proud to offer combination procedures whereby we can correct problems relating to the cornea and reading vision problems using a combination of laser eye surgery and reading vision correction treatments.

How do I know I need reading vision correction?
When you have trouble reading fine print clearly.

You’ll notice this with newspapers, mobile phone texts, labels on jars, etc. and find yourself holding objects at arm’s length to try to focus clearly on them. It happens to everyone, usually between the ages of 40-65.

But I've had Laser Eye Surgery. Will I still have Reading Vision Problems?
Yes, most likely.

Laser Eye Surgery corrects a variety of conditions, by correcting the shape of your cornea. Reading vision problems are caused by an ageing of the lens of the eye and a weakening of the eye’s muscles and is a completely different condition.
Regardless of you having previously had laser eye surgery, most people will need reading glasses.

What was the solution to Reading Vision Correction before now?
Reading glasses!

People who had otherwise perfect vision, or who had corrective laser eye surgery, still had to rely on reading glasses to compensate for their ageing eye, to be able to read print.

So what are my other options to deal with Presbyopia?

Aside from reading glasses or contact lenses, there’s a type of laser surgery procedure called mono-vision correction which can sometimes correct both near and far vision but not all patients are suitable candidates for this procedure.

Due to major technological advancements, patients have an alternative to reading glasses and mono-vision, in the form of Multi-focal lens replacement. During your consultation, your Optometrist will be able to assess which option is best suited to your vision.

Want to book your free consultation? Call Optilase on +353 1 223 8821 or book now by clicking here.

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