Laser Eye Surgery to Correct Reading Vision



There's a saying that there are only two things guaranteed in life: death and taxes. However, a loss of your reading vision should be added to this list. If you're over the age of 45, you have likely or will quickly experience a decline in your near vision. It starts by holding the menu a little farther away, and the next thing you know, you are increasing the font size on your own smart phone, and trying on readers in the local drugstore. Fortunately, this is 2015 and the technology for laser vision correction to read by, has been invented, improved and reinvented!

You likely usually are not interested in wearing reading glasses. So what are your options to correct reading vision? You will find three surgical options commonly recommended by ophthalmologists to enhance your reading vision (and distance if required).

Laser Eye Surgery


Monovision LASIK

Monovision LASIK is a tried and true procedure with proven recent results for reading vision correction. Monovision corrects one eye to focus up-close, as a reading vision correction solution, as well as your dominant eye will give you your distance vision (If necessary, you can correct distance vision as well on the dominant eye). This sounds just a little crazy but the brain and eyes are extremely powerful when they come together. Trained reputable ophthalmologists who perform this sort of laser vision correction for reading always require the patient to execute a "test drive" utilizing contact lenses. This enables you to determine if you are confident with this solution. With monovision, you are able to basically "select" the reading vision correction that most closely fits your needs by adjusting the strength of the single contact lens.

 Ideal Candidates: Patients between the ages of 40 and 60 who're looking for reading vision correction or looking for near and distance vision correction.

 Non-Ideal Candidates: Patients who want or require either their reading vision or distance vision being perfect. One example would be golfers. They prefer to have the best possible distance vision to follow along with the ball, which makes them less than ideal candidates for monovision.

Laser Eye Surgery Clinic Prague

Corneal Inlay

In April 2015, one manufacturer, Kamra, received FDA approval for the Kamra corneal inlay as a solution for a decline in reading vision. However, there are several other inlays awaiting FDA approval. How come there multiple manufacturers and approvals? Corneal inlay operated on different principals, and one inlay might not be right for everyone. Additionally, a corneal inlay might not be the best solution for everybody. Generally speaking, a corneal inlay is fantastic for patients over the age of 45 who have seen a loss of their reading vision but have perfect or near perfect distance vision. Only an ophthalmologist that has been trained are capable of doing the Karma corneal inlay, typically a LASIK surgeon, because the procedure requires the same lasers which can be used to perform LASIK surgery. Unlike monovision laser vision correction to read by, the inlay is actually a device that is implanted into the eye, which is always only a one eye procedure.

 Ideal Candidates: Patients trying to find reading vision correction only with nearly perfect distance vision with no previous laser vision correction surgery.

 Non-ideal Candidates: Patients who want to correct both distance & near vision or who have already had some form of laser vision correction surgery (RK, PRK, LASIK).

Lens Implants

Some LASIK surgeons recommend lens implant surgery like Restor�, Rezoom� or Crystalens� with vision correction. These solutions could be excellent for patients that have cataracts or the onset of cataracts. All of these procedures (simply different manufacturers) are cataract procedures where your lens is removed and a synthetic lens is implanted inside your eye. If you do not have the onset of cataracts, this procedure is probably not the best solution to suit your needs. It is fairly evasive and expensive. Additionally, most doctors would agree that if you have a healthy a part of your body (in this case the lens), then you should keep it for as long as possible before replacing it with something synthetic.

 Ideal Candidates: Patients with cataracts or even the onset of cataracts typically within their late 60s or early 70s that are looking for distance and reading vision correction.

 Non-Ideal Candidates: People between the ages of 40 and 60 with healthy lenses who're likely ideal candidates for another form of laser vision correction with and distance.