Farsightedness can be treated through a variety of ways. when it comes to a fix that is convenient and long lasting, people often prefer a surgical treatment. Lasik is an option for people who choose surgery.
What is Lasik surgery for farsightedness (hyperopia)?
Lasik (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgery done to correct a person’s vision, whether it is for Farsightedness (hyperopia) or nearsightedness (myopia) also astigmatism.
Farsightedness Lasik surgery is applied to change the shape of the eye, the change is done on the cornea of the eye. The procedure is done by making a small flap on the cornea through a sharp object (blade) or laser. Once the corneal thin flap is lifted; the surgeon then proceeds with applying a laser to the center of the cornea around the central optical zone, which will correct the vision, the flap is placed back into place for recovery to begin.
The procedure will continue to be applied to the other eye if the patient requires correctness to both eyes. Once the procedure is done for both eyes, a recovery phase will begin right after.
Farsightedness LASIK surgery recovery
The recovery varies from person to person, the majority of people who have the surgery done, reported little to no pain. Furthermore, the recovery time varies when it comes to Farsightedness Lasik Surgery; most people were able to notice a clear improvement to their vision in a matter of a day or two after getting the surgery done.
The recovery process consists of two phases, the first being right after the surgery, and the second is the recovery for the following six month of having the procedure done.
First let’s talk about the recovery right after doing the surgery
What happens after the farsightedness lasik surgery?
In the first few days of having the procedure done, you may feel irritation, itchiness and a feeling of having sand in the eyes, your eyes might also produce a lot of tears. The doctor will prescribe for you an eye shield to be worn to protect you from scratching your eyes, especially when it comes to sleeping. For this short-term phase it is advised to follow all the instructions given by the surgeon, furthermore, the surgeon might prescribe water drops to prevent any infection from happening. There will be a follow up appointment with the surgeon the day after the surgery to check that everything went fine.
What is going to happen in the long-term after a farsightedness Lasik surgery?
After everything goes smoothly in the first phase, the recovery then continues where the irritated things will slowly go away, and things will go back to normal within the first few weeks but the recovery is not done yet as the cornea needs it’s time to recover effectively. You will have an appointment with the surgeon in about 6 months to check on the eyes and to see that everything went smoothly.
Can Lasik correct presbyopia?
Lasik is a very good option for most cases of farsightedness, which are hyperopia, but when it comes to presbyopia, it is not recommended. Presbyopia is related to age, usually occurs after the age of 40, and the problem is related to their lens getting stiffer and reducing the ability to see things up close. Lasik as mentioned above is related to the correction of the cornea rather than the lens of the eye. With that being said, there are new developments regarding the correction of presbyopia. Learn more
Lasik eye surgery age for hyperopia
Whilst the general concept that the person should be at least 18 years of age for them to be eligible for a lasik surgery for Farsightedness or any other reason but of course that are other aspects that plays a part in the eligibility of the person who wants to get the surgery done
The general concept here is to wait until the eyesight is stable and is not getting worse, whether it is for farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism, therefore it is better to wait even if you are above the age of 18, also to consult with an optimist for them to do check up on your vision and monitor whether if it got stable over 1 year of the initial test.
Lasik surgery cost for farsightedness ( hyperopia )
The basic lasik surgery for vision correction ranges between $500 and $3000 an eye. The price changes depending on the clinic, surgeon, location and the difficulty of the procedure. Normally insurance plans tend to not cover the cost of lasik surgery as it is considered as an optional procedure, with that being said, check with your insurance company to confirm.
Who should not have Farsightedness Lasik surgery?
The people who aren’t recommended to do the surgery are the one who suffer from unhealthy eyes, things such as thin cornea, and other medical problems involving the eye. In general, the majority of people who suffer from hyperopia, and myopia are able to undertake the procedure, but the only person who decides whether a person should do the surgery or not is the surgeon themselves, and your eye doctor, based on their analysis of your situation.