Can laser eye surgery correct the need for reading glasses?

In this post, Dr. Bennett Chotiner explains how laser eye surgery can correct the need for reading glasses with vision correction. This procedure modifies one eye for better distance vision and the other eye for better near.

Most individuals will need to wear reading glasses by their mid-40s. If they can see clearly at a distance, they will need something to help them see up close.

The most popular treatment for this is refractive lens exchange, where your natural lens is replaced with an artificial one to improve your vision. This is a safe and effective solution to your refractive errors, but blended laser eye surgery is your answer if you want something less invasive. This technique is modified to provide blended vision where one eye sees better at a distance and near.

Also known as monovision LASIK, we make the distance correction in the dominant eye and the near correction in the non-dominant eye. Using both eyes together, you can successfully fuse your vision to see the distance near without knowing the difference between your two eyes. This way, you will no longer require reading glasses or contact lenses for your reading vision.

If you want to know more about whether you’re a candidate for laser eye surgery please take our quick self-test today to see if you qualify.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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