What Vision Problems Can LASIK Solve?


Astigmatism is the inability to focus clearly at any distance. With astigmatism the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball. LASIK corrects this oval shape, making the cornea more round and achieving clear vision.


Nearsighted people see close objects clearly – but not distant objects. In nearsightedness, the curve of the cornea is too steep and images are focused in front of the retina. LASIK corrects this condition by flattening the curve of the cornea.


Farsighted people see distant objects clearly, but all other objects are blurred. In farsightedness, the shape of the cornea is too flat and light rays are focused behind the retina. LASIK corrects this condition by shaping the cornea so that it focuses correctly.


Sometime between age 40 and 50, the typical person will begin to need reading glasses whether they have had LASIK or not. This condition is called presbyopia – the loss of the ability to see up close due to the aging process. This need for reading glasses can often be greatly reduced through a special LASIK technique known as monovision that has successfully given thousands of patients the ability to see both close up and far away.

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