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hi all,

I'm in my mid 40s, with -6.x range near vision (pretty bad) since I was young. My near vision has also been getting worse. I'm tired of wearing heavy glasses that make what I see dimmer, smaller, and in a restricted field, with dents on the nose, smudged glass, all the rest. My vision is much more enjoyable with contacts, but they tend to irritate me, I can't wear them everyday.

I've been evaluated to be a candidate for custom WFG LASIK. I'm quite keen on it, but have some questions regarding near vision.

I spent a lot of time reading and using the computer. This is usually from 2 - 3 feet away. I can read text unaided within about 6".

I'm just wondering where does the improved vision extend. Assuming the results are good, will I typically need to wear reading glasses to use my computer? How do I know the range of improved vision?

I don't quite understand monovision/blended vision. I also like cyling, so would be worried about danger of a loss of depth perception.

Thanks for any advice!

D
[QUOTE=a2012;4962475]hi all,

I'm in my mid 40s, with -6.x range near vision (pretty bad) since I was young. My near vision has also been getting worse. I'm tired of wearing heavy glasses that make what I see dimmer, smaller, and in a restricted field, with dents on the nose, smudged glass, all the rest. My vision is much more enjoyable with contacts, but they tend to irritate me, I can't wear them everyday.

I've been evaluated to be a candidate for custom WFG LASIK. I'm quite keen on it, but have some questions regarding near vision.

I spent a lot of time reading and using the computer. This is usually from 2 - 3 feet away. I can read text unaided within about 6".

I'm just wondering where does the improved vision extend. Assuming the results are good, will I typically need to wear reading glasses to use my computer? How do I know the range of improved vision?

I don't quite understand monovision/blended vision. I also like cyling, so would be worried about danger of a loss of depth perception.

Thanks for any advice!

D[/QUOTE]

Hi there,
At your age, if you are looking to do Lasik, you may be trading one pair of glasses for another, which makes it really important for you to discuss with your surgeon that near vision for reading and computer work is crucial to you. If you go from -6.00 to let's say Plano (0.00), you will likely not have clear vision from your eyeball to your elbow (or beyond) because your ability to accommodate (focusing with internal zoom lens becomes weaker or nil as you hit your 40's) and will require the aid of readers for comfort and clarity.

WFG lasiks have been around for almost 10 years and most people would opt for that. You wondered about where your improved vision would extend, the best way to gauge this is to do it with your contacts on (assuming the prescription will lead to 0.00 over refraction) and see if you are happy with that vision while reading/computer work. Of course there may be a very slight difference in your perception, but the gist is there.

You brought up the point of monovision, is that what your surgeon and you have decided to do? The truth is, not everyone can adapt to monovision, there are so many variables, that it's something that you will need to try in order to know. However, before doing it permanently with Lasik, why not try it with contacts to imitate what it would be like if were done with Lasik and see how you feel. Please keep in mind that monovision can take months to get used to, so trying with CLs for a few days may or may not tell you much. But you will get an idea of what to expect after the procedure and can help you manage your expectations better.

Best of luck in your endeavor!





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