LASIK for Farsightedness
LASIK is a highly effective procedure for treating farsightedness, or difficulty focusing nearby objects. There are two types of farsightedness. Hyperopia can result from corneal irregularities or the position of the crystalline lens. Presbyopia, on the other hand, is caused by age-related changes in the lens. These conditions can make it especially difficult to use the computer or read without corrective eyewear. At Broberg Eye Care, we can create a custom plan to treat your farsightedness using LASIK technology, reducing or eliminating your need for glasses when reading or engaging in other tasks that require up-close focus. To learn more about LASIK for farsightedness, please contact our practice serving the greater Austin, TX, area.
What Causes Farsightedness?
Vision problems are caused by errors in the way your eye refracts, or bends, incoming light. The lens and cornea of the eye are responsible for focusing light on the retina, which then converts the light into signals transmitted through the optic nerve to the brain. Hyperopia occurs when your eye focuses images behind the retina instead of directly onto the retina, resulting in a blurred perception of nearby objects. This error results from irregularities in the shape of the eye, the cornea, or the position of the lens. Presbyopia results from a gradual thickening and loss of flexibility of the lens. This age-related condition usually begins to develop after age 40. Both conditions cause patients to have difficulty focusing on up-close objects.
How does LASIK Improve Up-close Focus?
LASIK treats hyperopia by reshaping your cornea so that it properly focuses light on the retina, resulting in clearer vision. During the procedure, your doctor will use a femtosecond laser to create a thin, circular flap in the surface of your cornea. The flap is opened, but remains hinged in a small area. Your doctor will use an excimer laser to reshape the stroma, or inner layer of the cornea, by removing microscopic amounts of tissue. Finally, the flap is closed and heals naturally.
Patients who have developed presbyopia can also benefit from LASIK treatment. The procedure involves adjusting the eyes for monovision, in which one eye is corrected for near vision while the other eye remains largely responsible for distance vision. Because some patients have difficulty adjusting to monovision, your doctor will supply you with a set of temporary contact lenses to simulate the effect prior to undergoing monovision correction.
What Are the Benefits of LASIK Treatment for Farsightedness?
Although each patient is unique, many LASIK patients achieve at least 20/40 vision, making glasses and contact lenses unnecessary. Patients are no longer hindered by corrective eyewear and can more easily perform professional duties and recreational activities. This results in an improved quality of life and increased self-confidence. Recovery from LASIK surgery is relatively quick, with patients returning to most everyday activities within a few days. Many patients experience improved vision rather quickly, but it can take up to three months to experience the full benefits.
How Can I Learn More?
If you are experiencing difficulty focusing on nearby objects, or if you are interested in achieving freedom from glasses or contact lenses, contact us to learn more about LASIK for farsightedness. During your consultation, your doctor will conduct a comprehensive exam to determine if LASIK is the best form of treatment for you.