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Laser eye surgery for reading vision

Published on 12th March 2013

If you are between 40 - 45 years of age and wear glasses for distance, you may have started to need help for reading / near vision too. This is usually addressed by changing your single vision spectacle lenses to bifocal lenses or varifocal lenses. 

If you don't or have never worn distance glasses, by the time you reach 40 -45 years of age you will still develop the need for reading / near vision glasses as this is due to the natural ageing of your eyes and terminology used to describe this natural deteriation is called presbyopia. 

For patients in this age category who are considering laser eye treatment, and who want independence from both distance & reading glasses, the only viable option is monovision. 

We have prepared a patient guide on this, so if you are considering laser eye correction and fall into this age category it is definitely woth reading through this to gain an understanding on what laser can and can't achieve for you.


All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.