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Will I still need glasses after LASIK ?

This may come as a surprise but i stress to all my patients that lasik is a procedure to reduce dependency on glasses. This is in fact language mandated by the fda. That said, the vast majority (more than 90%) of patients do not need distance glasses afterwards.

What about the other 10% ? They also have a drastic improvement in their vision without glasses but may still need a thin pair of glasses for few activities such as driving at night. The vast majority of patients are happy going from 100% dependency to 5-10% dependency if needed.

Above age 40, you will need glasses for near tasks (closer than 20 inches). It is difficult to predict when that will happen. Ask your doctor about the different options available to delay or avoid reading glasses. This includes monovision. Please refer to the monovision questions for more details.

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