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Understanding Your Prescription and LASIK

Diopters are units that measure vision impairments such as Myopia, Hyperopia and Presbyopia. A diopter is one whole number, representing the amount of correction you need to normalize your vision. The more nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic you are, the higher your prescription will be represented in diopters, or rather the farther away from zero your prescription will be.

Your prescription numbers help determine the appropriate LASIK Surgery plan for you. These numbers provide information to LasikPlus and your LASIK team, that helps determine the best prescription, laser, how much and in what pattern the laser evaporates corneal tissues during your LASIK Procedure. It is not necessary for you to bring a prescription with you to Your FREE LASIK Exam; we will measure these aspects of your vision when you get here.

Learn About Common Vision Problems

The most common vision problems that can be corrected through laser vision correction include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK surgery can also be used to compensate for the age-related eye condition presbyopia with our Blended Vision Solution.

Learn more about these conditions:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia): You can see things up close, but things far away appear blurry. Nearsightedness can be corrected by laser vision correction. In some cases, people with high degrees of myopia cannot see up close very well either.
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia): You can see objects far away better than those up close. Farsightedness can be corrected by laser vision correction. In some cases, people with high degrees of hyperopia cannot see close distances very well either.
  • Astigmatism: Astigmatism is a condition in which your eye, rather than being round, is shaped more like a football. If you have astigmatism, you have a distortion of vision that causes overall blurriness. You can have astigmatism in addition to being myopic or hyperopic. Laser vision correction can be used to correct astigmatism.
  • Presbyopia: Presbyopia is an age-related vision problem that typically begins after age 40 and worsens with increasing age. As you age, your eye’s lens loses the elasticity it needs to focus on close-up objects and often reading glasses are needed. Presbyopia eventually affects everyone and can be successfully addressed at LasikPlus with our Blended Vision Solution — a combination of both near and distance correction.

If you have any of these vision problems, you can learn more information on how LASIK surgery can transform the way you see the world with our FREE Informational Kit. Or, schedule your FREE LASIK Exam to discuss an individualized vision plan with an experienced doctor ready to answer your questions.

Helpful Sites

The following resource sites offer additional information regarding laser vision correction for your educational needs.

US Food and Drug Administration – Provides LASIK vision correction education, information on FDA-approved lasers, laser statistics, and FAQs

Eye Surgery Education Council – Provides accurate information about laser vision correction, to promote active physician/patient discussion.

National Eye Institute (NEI) – One of the Federal Government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) – NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases.