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I had Custom Vue LASIK a month ago. My distance vision is great now. No more glasses for driving and seeing far off. The problem is now my close up vision has drastically decreased. Before the surgery I did not rely on glasses to see the pc, read a book ect. The only thing I needed them for close up was to see the small print on pill bottles or tiny print on packages. Now I cannot see the computer, keyboard, read anything up close , or tell which button on my fridge is ice or water! Trying to cook is a challange also, I can see what I'm doing but it's far from clear. I go back for my one month follow up next week. Has anyone had this happen and will it get better? I am hoping I did not trade off one set of glasses for another !
Hi, Not sure what age you are but as you get older the muscles in the eye become less able to focus at short distantances, shortsightness compensates for this but once you had the laser treatment that advantage is lost. That why some people opt for monovision which keeps one eye more suited for short vision. If you are in your 50s etc I am surprised that it was not mentioned. Additionally, your eyes have only just began its healing process. In my case (i am 59), I had laser treatment 6 month ago and I now need glasses for reading, using the computer and when I am cooking etc. It did improve a little after 3 months but my close vision will never be as good as pre laser but i was warned of this by my Surgeon prior to treatment. You do get use it over time and since your distance vision is good and you have not mentioned dryness or halos etc then glasses for reading etc is not so bad a result. I only wish my dryness would clear up! I hope it improves for you. Regards and season greetings.
Mervill,

Thank you for your reply. It was mentioned that I would have to rely on readers more then before but did not expect it to be to the degree that it is. Nor was I told that it would be a possibility that it could happen this drastically. I am 47. It is slightly better then before but not much. I have to use + 1.75 now to see close. I did go back for my one month check up about a week ago and was told that its as good as it probably will get. Guess Ill give it more time to heal and see what happens ( no pun intended!! HA). I do have to say my distance is awesome. And I do see some halos at night around signs but not too bad. It is improved significantly compared to before the surgery. I will post again as time goes on.

Thanks again and Happy Holidays to you ! : )
Piji

I feel your pain. It has been almost three months since my LASIK and I regret having it done. I have basically paid $4,400 to go from one set of Permament glasses for distance to another permanent set for reading! It's been more of a burden for doing my job then ever before since I have to do lots of paperwork. My near vision has been completely ruined :(. I would much rather put on a pair of glasses to drive . I too knew that I might of had to rely a little on readers but never was told it could be this bad. Best of luck to you! And thanks again for the reply
Good afternoon,
I am 55, was corrected for myopia, and now cannot see clearly anything closer than six or seven feet. My presbiopic prescription before lasik was +2.25 in progressive glasses. I could see clearly objects as close as 4 feet looking through the upper part of my glasses, the part that corrected my myopia.
Now, I belive that two phenomenon are at play that explain our increased difficulties at seeing up close since our surgery. One, I believe that most surgeons slighlty overcorrect myopic patients initially, to take into account the regression that normally occurs during the healing process, and the higher the initial myopia the higher the expected regression and the higher the initial overcorrection. Second, I believe that presbyiopia develops not so much because cilliary muscles become weaker, but rather because the cristalline lens become more rigid as we age. On top of that, myopic people do not have to accomodate as much as normal vision people for close vision, hence their cilliary muscles indeed get indeed weaker.
What this means is that, during the healing process, not only are we slightly hyperopic due to programmed initial overcorrection, but our cilliary muscles also have to become stronger as we now need to accomodate for close vision.
In my case, my one moth post-op exam showed that the initial overcorrection ihas indeed regressed to some extent. I also noticed that, if I do not use glasses of any kind to work on the computer, I start to see the screen more clearly after 15 minutes or so and that I can then focus clearly on objects as close as five feet for about half an hour.
My distance vision is great, even in my left eye which has still a bit more astigmatism than my right eye at the moment.
As for other common post-op symptoms such as dry eye, haloes and starbusts at night, I had them all, but never at levels that were troublesome. All of those symptoms have also decreased during my first month post-op, which is encouraging..
Of course, every patient heals differently, but hang in there. Things might improve for you as well.
Wow Im 57 I had my lasik 3 weeks ago. Reading this post wo make my eyes tears I believe I lost 25% of my near vision. I do not blame my surgeon because I made a choice,. My distance now is perfect nice. I continue to have dry eyes and hazy eyes, It is frustrating and I work with computers and people. sometime I think I made a mistake but I hope some day I can get a better close picture....:rolleyes:
I have had the same experience. My doctor said that I am slightly farsighted and that can still clear up in 3-6 months yet. But in the meantime I am wearing Daily contacts for that close up vision at a very low diopter. My far distance is great. I just couldn't see 2-10 ft away very well. But I also needed readers to read books etc. The contacts have helped with that. He said I will probably not want to wear them in a few months.
[QUOTE=ShortyGurl65;5104723]I had Custom Vue LASIK a month ago. My distance vision is great now. No more glasses for driving and seeing far off. The problem is now my close up vision has drastically decreased. Before the surgery I did not rely on glasses to see the pc, read a book ect. The only thing I needed them for close up was to see the small print on pill bottles or tiny print on packages. Now I cannot see the computer, keyboard, read anything up close , or tell which button on my fridge is ice or water! Trying to cook is a challange also, I can see what I'm doing but it's far from clear. I go back for my one month follow up next week. Has anyone had this happen and will it get better? I am hoping I did not trade off one set of glasses for another ![/QUOTE]

Hi Shortygurl, I had LASIK done 2 days ago and opted for correction of both eyes for distant vision. I was shocked that my vision is blurry under 12 feet. I have to wear reading glass +1.50 for practically anything. Did your near vision improved? How long did it take for your near vision to improve?
[QUOTE=ShortyGurl65;5104723]I had Custom Vue LASIK a month ago. My distance vision is great now. No more glasses for driving and seeing far off. The problem is now my close up vision has drastically decreased. Before the surgery I did not rely on glasses to see the pc, read a book ect. The only thing I needed them for close up was to see the small print on pill bottles or tiny print on packages. Now I cannot see the computer, keyboard, read anything up close , or tell which button on my fridge is ice or water! Trying to cook is a challange also, I can see what I'm doing but it's far from clear. I go back for my one month follow up next week. Has anyone had this happen and will it get better? I am hoping I did not trade off one set of glasses for another ![/QUOTE]

I had LASIK done 2 days ago and is now experiencing poor near vision under 12 feet. Did your near vision improve? How long did it take to improve?
[QUOTE=aladino52;5178209]Wow Im 57 I had my lasik 3 weeks ago. Reading this post wo make my eyes tears I believe I lost 25% of my near vision. I do not blame my surgeon because I made a choice,. My distance now is perfect nice. I continue to have dry eyes and hazy eyes, It is frustrating and I work with computers and people. sometime I think I made a mistake but I hope some day I can get a better close picture....:rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

Can they not make retouch and bring one eye back to monovision?
[QUOTE=liman923;5225785]Mig, did you or your doctor ever discuss the possibility of retouch to monovision after your LASIK? I work using computer and also I like to see things (food I am eating, the bills I am signing etc) with near vision. I am just wondering if this retouch monovision after distant LASIK correction is possible. Do you have any idea? I feel so bad now having LASIK done.. Buyers remorse.[/QUOTE]

Hi Liman,
I discussed monovision with my lasik surgeon before the operation. I did not select that option. In the past, I went to my optometrist to get a new prescription if there was the slightest difference in vision between my left eye and my right eye, as I found that terribly annoying. In monovision, one eye is corrected for distance vision (generally the dominant eye) and the other eye is corrected for close vision. I considered that, given the aggravation I had experienced at times in my life when my vision was not the same in both eyes, I would have too much difficulty to adapt to monovision.
I think that it is indeed possible to get monovision after a first surgery that has corrected both eyes for distance, but I suggest that you discuss this directly with your doctor. In any case, it is unlikely that your surgeon would perform that new surgery before your vision has stabilized from the first surgery.
[QUOTE=whiskeythekid;5225629]Hi liman

Near vision is impacted for a few weeks because the lasik suction thing injures the eye muscles. Just one of the many little facts they dont tell you.

It clears up after 2-6 weeks. Also sometimes you can be overcorrected which if a small overcorrection like +.5 or less will clear up on its own most likely in 3-6 months. Since you already needed reading glasses before hand, you will still need them. Any overcorrection or muscle damage is most likely exacerbated because you already were presbyopic.

I had both issues. Near vision cleared up in about 4 weeks. Overcorrection in 1 eye took about 4 months. I was not presbyopic so i could see near except for within 3 feet felt like I was looking through a fishbowl for the first several weeks. Reading glasses didnt help me, just made me dizzy so had to wait it out.

I am only providing an educated guess. I am not a doctor.[/QUOTE]
Hi Whiskey the Kid,

Is your near vision as good as it was before surgery now? I had LASIK to correct my distance vision 12 days ago and my close up vision still isn't great. I'm 24 and never needed reading glasses before and not being able to read or see my phone clearly is driving me mad! It's reassuring that others have experienced the same and improved but I'm just wondering how long it took as I'm getting worried!
I am 50 I just had Lasik on 5/2/2014..I lobe the fact that my distance vision is great however I cant see up close at all everything 3' ahead of me is blurry. My keyboard , monitor cant see at all cooking doing a simple task with a screwdriver cant see the screw head. My doctor never told me this would happen he kept saying I would need cheaters to read I am using +1.25 now however I need to be 2+' away to see anything cant use ipad or smartphone..I hope this will get a little better. I rather see up close I sit at a desk all day and do paper work my first day pack to work after the weekend was a nightmare
[QUOTE=Curtis2005;5287940]I am 50 I just had Lasik on 5/2/2014..I lobe the fact that my distance vision is great however I cant see up close at all everything 3' ahead of me is blurry. My keyboard , monitor cant see at all cooking doing a simple task with a screwdriver cant see the screw head. My doctor never told me this would happen he kept saying I would need cheaters to read I am using +1.25 now however I need to be 2+' away to see anything cant use ipad or smartphone..I hope this will get a little better. I rather see up close I sit at a desk all day and do paper work my first day pack to work after the weekend was a nightmare[/QUOTE]

Same here. I'm two weeks out. "You'll need reading glasses" the Dr. said. I took that to mean for things like, oh, I don't know. READING? I'm blurry out to about 8 feet. I think it's getting a bit better, but it's a huge change from 30 years of blind-as-a-bat distance vision and taking my glasses off and having great close-up vision.

Plus my left eye is a bit blurry at all distances. At my one week follow up the doc says it's astigmatism. What? I didn't have astigmatism before the procedure. Apparently I'll probably need a touch up in 6 months, but in the meantime it's driving me nuts. I'm not a happy camper.
[QUOTE=lone airedale;5287966]Same here. I'm two weeks out. "You'll need reading glasses" the Dr. said. I took that to mean for things like, oh, I don't know. READING? I'm blurry out to about 8 feet. I think it's getting a bit better, but it's a huge change from 30 years of blind-as-a-bat distance vision and taking my glasses off and having great close-up vision.

Plus my left eye is a bit blurry at all distances. At my one week follow up the doc says it's astigmatism. What? I didn't have astigmatism before the procedure. Apparently I'll probably need a touch up in 6 months, but in the meantime it's driving me nuts. I'm not a happy camper.[/QUOTE]

I' just like you too! Funny how a lot of us never knew it would be this way but now we deal with it the best we can and keep positive if possible. My readers are blurry for things like splinter removal and since one eye has astigmatism and a little better up close vision, it is hard to adjust. My readers work for one eye and sort of for the other......I'm 3 months post op and go in next week to the Dr. I hope to get answers...Good luck to all of you dealing with this issue that us older crowd see to be going through. I'm 47 by the way..
[QUOTE=deerhuntingal;5288045]I have heard of some getting an enhancement @ 3 months but I believe it is the Dr.'s choice as dryness can effect vision as well so they like to make sure the dry eye is gone or at least diminished a lot. If you have not dry eye, maybe you are a candidate sooner. Hard to say. I stare at a computer all day too and it takes it's toll for sure on dry and tired lasik eyes! I have a lot more fluctuations it seems due to that one fact.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for your reply deerhuntingal. I try to focus on the positive. The dryness is tolerable and getting better. My right eye is tack sharp, better than it ever was with glasses (and thankfully that's my dominant eye). If I'm outside where the light is good and I'm mostly using my distance vision my left eye doesn't bother me too much. I have my next appointment with the doc next Tuesday so we'll see what she says then.





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