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    Old 03-15-2005, 12:20 PM   #1
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    Lasik and Reading/Close up Vision

    I am considering having Lasik done next month but do not want to have monovision. I am very nearsighted and also need glasses for reading and computer work, so I wear glasses all of the time. However, my vision is good within a 7 inch range. If you have had lasik (not monovision) and have lost your close-up vision, do you find it annoying having to put glasses on & off to read. Is it very difficult to put on makeup? Is your food blurry and if so, do you find it annoying? Does anyone use progressive glasses for reading and computer work with no presription in the top portion for distance? That way you don't have to keep taking your glasses on and off when at work. Thanks for any and all responses.

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    Old 03-15-2005, 12:40 PM   #2
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    Re: Lasik and Reading/Close up Vision

    jgc,
    I think that monovision is for those people who are going from nearsighted to farsighted. I can't remember what I read about it. I had lasik done 2 months ago tomorrow. My vision was nearsighted 20/40 in my left eye, 20/50 in my right with a rather high level of astigmatism and I was also slightly farsighted in my right eye. I haven't had any close-up vision loss. My only problems have been dryness while healing (which gets better day by day and seems to be related to my environment at this point) and due to the slight farsightedness in combination with nearsightedness in my right eye, I have a feeling of my right eye pulling a little when I am looking at letters or numbers at a distance. That is just because my eye was used to one way of dealing with that near/farsighted disaster and it is taking some time for it to adjust itself to being a fully functioning eye. BTW...my eyesight is now 20/15 as of my last check up Feb. 2. That means that I am seeing better than 20/20. Have you been to a Lasik specialist yet? And, if so, were they the ones who told you that you need monovision? It doesn't sound like it to me but, then again, I may not entirely understand why people need monovision. Anyway, talk to a lasik specialist. Find out if you are a candidate. They should be able to tell you whether or not you will end up loosing your close-up vision.
    Good luck with your decision.

     
    Old 03-25-2005, 02:11 AM   #3
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    Re: Lasik and Reading/Close up Vision

    are we talking presobia? this is inevitable but being myoptic slows presobia. some chose monovision, others just avoid lasik all together

     
    Old 04-06-2005, 08:57 PM   #4
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    Old 04-09-2005, 10:55 AM   #6
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    Re: Lasik and Reading/Close up Vision

    I'm 38 and had Lasik about 3-1/2 years ago. It didn't quite get me to 20/20, which the Doc said would help keep my close-up vision longer (not that he did it on purpose!). The little correction left he said was not enough to do an enhancement, since I am able to function very well without glasses. Anyway, my very near vision is not quite as good as it was before Lasik, but I can still put on makeup and read just fine.

    A magnifying mirror is helpful sometimes, but I like to be able to see my whole face at once. They have "makeup glasses" that you can fold down one side while doing the other.

     
    Old 04-10-2005, 01:50 PM   #7
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    Re: Lasik and Reading/Close up Vision

    I opted out of Lasik correction for this reason. I have always been nearsighted but see quite well close up and can read the small print on bottles, etc. They told me I would exchange my near vision for the far. No thanks. I'm doing this computer work sans glasses so its a toss up. Im 52.

     
    Old 04-11-2005, 01:37 PM   #8
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    Re: Lasik and Reading/Close up Vision

    I am farsighted and my doctor said I could get lasik done in one eye to see up close. I hate taking the reading glasses on and off!

    Anway, he told me to try out the new day and night contact lenses in one eye to see how it went before I got the surgery. I love this new contact lens! You can leave them in up to 30 days without removal and they are very comfortable. I can see great up close now without reading glasses.

     
    Old 04-11-2005, 04:08 PM   #9
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    Re: Lasik and Reading/Close up Vision

    Greeneyes,

    I hope you're not considering having lasik on just one eye so that you have one for distance and one for reading. You will regret that for sure. Nobody I know that had that done is happy.

     
    Old 04-11-2005, 10:07 PM   #10
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    Old 04-12-2005, 07:04 AM   #11
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    Re: Lasik and Reading/Close up Vision

    So far, the contact in one eye is working great. I can't believe how comfortable these new lenses are. I had contacts before and they were not the same. They are also very convenient and cheaper because I only have to use them in one eye. $75 for a six month supply. They allow six times more oxygen into your eye than regular contacts. I use lubricating eye drops twice a day, but that's it!

    I might just keep using the contacts instead of getting lasik!

     
    Old 04-30-2005, 03:59 AM   #12
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    Re: Lasik and Reading/Close up Vision

    i'm 47 and have been wearing glasses for distance since the age of 10 (switched to contacts @17) and at 40 started having problems seeing close up as well. several years ago, my doc recommended monovision contacts so that i could see close up without reading glasses and also distance. i immediatedly loved them. you give up just a tad in the distance vision because one eye is actually less than perfect to allow you to see close up. after several years of wearing those, i opted to monovision lasik. my distance is not as good as it was with contacts, but the close up is awesome. i'm not one to put reading glasses on and off and after spending $4000 on lasik, do not want to be 'glued' to a pair of glasses. that's why i had the surgery in the first place! now i have a pair of glasses .75 in my distance eye and 1.25 in my closeup eye that i wear only at night while driving or i can wear them if i'm trying to see something as far away as china. anyway, my point is that i put them on in the car, take them off when i get out. with reading glasses, you'd be putting glasses on hundreds of times a day. i'm loving it. why don't you try monovision contacts to see if your brain can handle the difference before undergoing surgery? you might just love it!

     
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