ask: Lasik procedure for nearsightedness?

By Diane Porter November 25, 2008 - 10:07am
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I would love to have lasik surgery done on my eyes. My husband had it about ten years ago and it has changed his life. However, he was farsighted. Can a

person have a lasik procedure if they start out nearsighted? Is it as good as correcting vision if you are nearsighted than if you are farsighted?

My worst fear is that I would have the procedure and then have to wear reading glasses to read! Ack!

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Alison Beaver

In a word: "yes"!

According to the FDA website, there are different types of laser eye surgeries, each with different types of lasers, for each different type of condition (nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmastism), collectively called "refractive errors". The different lasers each have been approved for "specific treatment ranges".

There is a list of FDA-approved lasers, indicated for different conditions:

The National Institute of Health's MedlinePlus site has the best information on laser eye surgery:

It may help to know a few medical terms, to help in your search:
nearsightedness is also called "myopia".

The Mayo Clinic has a list of different types of "refractive surgery" (changing the shape of your lens) including the differences between LASIK and LASEK.

November 25, 2008 - 2:14pm
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