Common Questions About Enhancing Your Reading Vision

How Long Will The Effects Of Laser Blended Vision Last?


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Laser Blended Vision will only treat the effects of presbyopia, not the root cause. With or without laser eye surgery, the lens in the eye will steadily become less flexible, and the muscles that pull it into focus become less powerful. As presbyopia develops, our ability to adjust to vision at various distances will continue to decrease, and most noticeably, presbyopia causes near objects to appear blurry and difficult focus. The effects of the Laser Blended Vision treatment last 5 to 10 years.

What Does Laser Eye Surgery Have To Do With Cataracts?


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Laser surgery does not change the normal course of nature. If you are genetically predisposed to cataracts, for example, laser eye correction does not hasten nor deter the cataracts natural onset.

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Why Do So Many Clinics Not Treat The Loss Of Reading Vision?


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Surgeons have tried treating patients with monovision. This is where the surgeon treats only one eye (or deliberately under-corrected in the case of short-sighted patients) so that the patient is able to use one eye for distance vision and the other for reading and other close work. Unfortunately, only about 50% of patients tolerate this approach due to the optical imbalances present after such a treatment.

Thus, Laser Blended Vision is not to be confused with traditional monovision. The difference with the Laser Blended Vision technique is that the Laser Blended Vision near eye sees much better at distance than the near eye set with traditional monovision, similarly the Laser Blended Vision distance eye sees more up close than the distance eye with traditional monovision. Because Laser Blended Vision is milder than monovision, far more people are able to adapt to it than to monovision. Approximately 95% of people are candidates for Laser Blended Vision as compared to about 50% for traditional monovision.

This development is mainly attributable to our laser eye surgeons’ expert use of the Carl Zeiss Meditec MEL 80 laser available at London Vision Clinic. Since the introduction of this technique, we have been able to treat patients with an “optical blend zone” that makes adapting to the differences between the two eyes significantly easier.

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How Much Can My Reading Vision Improve?


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We measure reading vision with a chart with different sized text ranging from the size of a newspaper sub-head (N.24) to the size of the smallest print found on many advertisements (N.5). Reading vision results differ between short-sighted and long-sighted patients, with the former performing slightly better.

86% of long-sighted patients could read the smallest type on this chart (N.5) without glasses after their treatment. 92% of short-sighted patients could read the smallest type on this chart (N.5) without glasses after their treatment. 100% of previously short-sighted patients up to -9.00D could read N.8, and 100% of previously long-sighted patients up to +6.00 could read N.12. Both N.8 and N.12 are smaller than the size of print found on most written correspondence and computer screens.

Will The Improvement Of My Reading Vision Affect My Distance Vision?


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Fortunately, the vast majority of patients find that their distance vision remains virtually unaffected by the Laser Blended Vision procedure, enabling them to see the best of both worlds.

How Does The Reading Vision Treatment Differ From Conventional Laser Eye Surgery For Short And Long-Sightedness?


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The procedure to correct reading vision (Laser Blended Vision) does not differ mechanically from conventional laser eye surgery in any way. The only difference is in how we treat each eye in relation to the other. We can achieve the Laser Blended Vision effect with LASIK, PRK or LASEK.[/spoiler]

I Have Tried Monovision Contacts; Does Laser Blended Vision Have The Same Effects?


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Laser Blended Vision is not to be confused with traditional monovision – a practice in which the contact lenses are set with one eye for near and one eye for distance. The difference with the Laser Blended Vision technique is that the Laser Blended Vision near eye sees much better at distance than the near eye set with traditional monovision, similarly the Laser Blended Vision distance eye sees more up close than the distance eye with traditional monovision. Because Laser Blended Vision is milder than monovision, far more people are able to adapt to it than to monovision. Approximately 95% of people are candidates for Laser Blended Vision as compared to about 50% for traditional monovision.

Do Most Patients Requiring Laser Blended Vision Require Laser Eye Treatment On One Eye Or Two?


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We treat both eyes for most patients to achieve the optimal balancing effect between the two eyes.

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