I am 55 and am starting to have difficulty in reading, but seem to have good distant site. I have had a vision checkup last year and everything was good, and the doctor explained that reading vision diminishes as you get older. So I understand that this come with age. I would prefer not to wear reading glasses, and have heard that you can correct one eye with surgery for reading, and the brain has the capability to switch from one eye to the other, so my reading vision will improve and I will still have good distant vision. Can this really be done, and is it truly effective? Is there any side effects like headaches?
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 55
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yes, in some cases this can be done with lasik surgery or clear lens extraction with intraocular lens placement.
Of course, there is no such thing as a free lunch and with this vision setup (called monovision) you do give up some contrast sensitivity and clarity. This is usually most noticeable at night. For the times when you want the best, clearest and crispest vision you can wear glasses that "set" both eyes for distance.
Before having this Rx carved into your cornea forever with lasik, or undergoing intraocular surgery I would recommend trying monovision with contact lenses. If you don't like this setup it is a simple thing to remove the contact lens; if you do find that you like monovision you can discuss the surgical options with your ophthalmologist.
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