Our patients often ask what types of vision problems Dr. Stephen Updegraff can correct with LASIK surgery. Because we at Updegraff Vision are dedicated to patient education and honesty, we’re happy to answer a question one of our readers recently asked: “I wear glasses for reading. Is there any laser treatment for this type of problem?”
Dr. Updegraff is dedicated to ensuring that you achieve the best, safest, and most accurate visual outcome with your surgery – that’s why he only performs procedures and uses technologies that he believes can achieve these goals.
When LASIK is used to correct hyperopia (farsightedness), it doesn’t provide the same level of stability and quality of vision that myopic (nearsighted) LASIK does. As a result, Dr. Updegraff doesn’t perform hyperopic LASIK surgery.
Instead, Dr. Updegraff believes many patients who wear reading glasses are better suited to other surgical options, including high-tech lens implants. In lens implant surgery, Dr. Updegraff removes the natural lens from the eye and replaces it with an advanced, high-tech intraocular lens (IOL).
There are several different types of IOLs, and each has its own set of strengths. Patients who wear reading glasses often benefit from the multifocal lens implant, which works by focusing light from distance, intermediate, and near. Currently, the multifocal IOL is the only lens implant option that can eliminate your dependence on reading glasses, and because it’s based on an optical principle, every patient experiences similar results with their near vision.
So, what other questions do you have about LASIK surgery with Dr. Updegraff?