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Will my near vision be affected?

I am 46 years old and my current prescription is Right SPH -7.50 CYL -1.00 AXIS 170.0 Near- ADD +0.75 Left SPH -7.50 CYL -1.25 AXIS 20.0 Near- ADD +0.75 I can currently have no difficulty reading whilst wearing my contact lenses or glasses. Is this likely to change if I have laser surgery?

By Adrian Gilbert on 23rd Jan 2014


Hi Adrian

Regardless of whether you have laser eye surgery or not your reading vision will start to deteriorate in the near future. This means that you will soon need to wear varifocal glasses or have some sort of multifocal contact lens.

If you decide to have laser eye surgery the aim would be to correct your distance vision perfectly. Over the next year or so you would start to need glasses for reading which as I explained is going to happen regardless of whether you have laser eye surgery or not.

If you do have the surgery, this will mean driving, tv and walking around without glasses whilst needing glasses for close vision tasks. If this is an issue for you there are some laser eye surgery options available which can correct both your distance vision and your reading vision and you can read about them at the following links:

To read about why your reading vision deteriorates as your get older you can read the following guide:

Hope this helps and feel free to ask any further questions if you have any

By Tim Harwood from

On 24th Jan 2014

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