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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.
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
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=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?
I had LASIK done 2 days ago. I had presbyopia prior to correction. I opted to correct both eyes for distant vision. Now I have blurry vision for seeing anything under 12 feet. I have to wear reading glasses to read a book, check my iPad, surf the net and practically doing anything requiring close vision. Can anyone share their experience with me?
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.
Thanks whiskeykid. I hope I can gain my near vision back. It is tough to be wearing reading glass for simply counting coins, checking iPad, signing credit card bills. It is a pain in the neck. Do you think they can retouch my one eye to make it mono vision ( one eye for distant vision, the other eye for near vision?) does anyone know?
[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?
It has been eight months since my surgery for myopia. I am 56 and I had progressive glasses with steadyly increasing prescription strenght for my presbyopia (last prescription a year ago +2.25) and stable prescription for myopia during that period at around -3.5 with 1.5 astigmatism at 90 degrees
My far vision has stabilized at 20/15 in both eyes after lasik. I use +2.0 glasses for reading ( I should use 2.25 in fact) and +1.0 for computer work. I went recently for an eye exam by my regular optometrist and the exam confirmed that my reading prescription is still at +2.25.
This means that my near vision for common tasks is not worse after lasik. The difference is that, before lasik I could take off my glasses and focus at 30cm, which I cannot do now even with the reading glasses (nor can most people of my age group who have always had normal vision and who became presbyopic).
In my case, I consider having to wear glasses for reading or working on the computer just a part of the aging process. I do not need glasses most of the time. I do enjoy tremendously being able to drive, play golf, do archery and a number of outside activities without glasses. For outside activities in a well lit environment, a bonus is that, as the pupil is small in those environments, depth of field is good and I can write and read my golf score card without glasses, even though it is not perfectly in focus.
Undergoing lasik later in life, I knew that I could not be totally free of glasses. I must say however that my near vision was worse in the first few months after lasik. My surgeon had explain that he was doing an initial overcorrection to anticipate the healing process. So, initially my near vision was worse than before , adding +1.00 roughly in both eyes. Right after surgery, my reading prescription was +3.25 and I had .75 astigmatism at 180 degrees. Near vision returned to +2.25 four months after surgery and astigmatism went to 0.0 at about the same time. This was a tough four months with slow improvement
Mig, I had LASIK done 2 days ago I am presbyopia before LASIK. I opted to correct both eyes for distant vision as recommended by the doctor. After LASIK, I have very bad near vision. I cannot see clearly anything under 12 feet. I have to use reading glasses to read, check email in iPad, sign bills, count money etc. it's a pain in the neck. Do you think the doctor can do touch up after 6 months to do monovision?
[QUOTE=liman923;5225756]Mig, I had LASIK done 2 days ago I am presbyopia before LASIK. I opted to correct both eyes for distant vision as recommended by the doctor. After LASIK, I have very bad near vision. I cannot see clearly anything under 12 feet. I have to use reading glasses to read, check email in iPad, sign bills, count money etc. it's a pain in the neck. Do you think the doctor can do touch up after 6 months to do monovision?[/QUOTE]

I do not know if your doctor will be able to do a touch up for you. What I know for sure is that I had the same discomfort you are now experiencing a few days after my lasik surgery. As I said, right after surgery, my near vision was worse than before (+3.25 instead of +2.25) plus the 0.75 astigmatism at 180 degrees. It took four months for the astigmatism to disappear and for my close vision to return to its original prescription of +2.25. Believe me, at that time I was hoping for the same thing, a touch up later on. Improvement was very slow (four months is a long time when you get up every morning hoping to see better at intermediate and close distances).
What made it worse is that, even though I could use strong reading glasses, the cheap ones that you get in a drugstore did not correct the astigmatism, so near vision was really bad.
However, it eventually did return to what it was before, and since the astigmatism is gone, cheap reading glasses do the job well. At this point, I would not want to change the vision I have, knowing that improving my near vision surgically would necessarily be done at the expense of my far vision which is now excellent. That would mean likely wearing glasses almost all the time, which is precisely what I wanted freedom from when I got lasik.
I have read somewhere that research is done on artificial lenses that accomodate are in the work for natural lens replacement in cataract surgery. If those become available if or when I develope cataracts, I will consider them. An artficial lens accomodating up to 3 diopters, accomodation by the same muscles that make the natural lens accomodate, would mean no glasses for me at all. In the meantime, I will live with my cheap reading glasses.
[QUOTE=Mig0932;5225782]I do not know if your doctor will be able to do a touch up for you. What I know for sure is that I had the same discomfort you are now experiencing a few days after my lasik surgery. As I said, right after surgery, my near vision was worse than before (+3.25 instead of +2.25) plus the 0.75 astigmatism at 180 degrees. It took four months for the astigmatism to disappear and for my close vision to return to its original prescription of +2.25. Believe me, at that time I was hoping for the same thing, a touch up later on. Improvement was very slow (four months is a long time when you get up every morning hoping to see better at intermediate and close distances).
What made it worse is that, even though I could use strong reading glasses, the cheap ones that you get in a drugstore did not correct the astigmatism, so near vision was really bad.
However, it eventually did return to what it was before, and since the astigmatism is gone, cheap reading glasses do the job well. At this point, I would not want to change the vision I have, knowing that improving my near vision surgically would necessarily be done at the expense of my far vision which is now excellent. That would mean likely wearing glasses almost all the time, which is precisely what I wanted freedom from when I got lasik.
I have read somewhere that research is done on artificial lenses that accomodate are in the work for natural lens replacement in cataract surgery. If those become available if or when I develope cataracts, I will consider them. An artficial lens accomodating up to 3 diopters, accomodation by the same muscles that make the natural lens accomodate, would mean no glasses for me at all. In the meantime, I will live with my cheap reading glasses.[/QUOTE]

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=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!
[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..





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