Can LASIK cure farsightedness?

At Brusco Vision, we’re often asked if LASIK surgery can correct farsightedness. This article aims to provide clear, straightforward information on how LASIK works, particularly for those with farsightedness, and what outcomes can be expected. We’ll share insights based on our experience and the latest technology we use, helping you understand if LASIK could be a good solution for your vision correction needs. Your vision is our mission, and we’d love to be a part of your journey to clear vision and freedom from contact lenses or glasses.

Can LASIK cure farsightedness?

Yes, LASIK surgery is recognized for its ability to treat various vision impairments, including farsightedness. LASIK, or laser in-situ keratomileusis, is a form of laser eye surgery that can correct refractive errors such as farsightedness (hyperopia) and shortsightedness (myopia). This condition, affecting approximately 25% of the population, is characterized by clear distant vision but difficulty seeing objects up close. For individuals with farsightedness, their prescriptions typically feature a plus (+) symbol, indicating the degree of correction needed. Dr. Brusco, our surgeon, utilizes advanced laser technology to reshape the cornea, aiming to eliminate the need for corrective lenses such as eyeglasses or contact lenses.

At Brusco Vision, we assess each patient’s suitability for LASIK, especially for those with hyperopia. The procedure is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for correcting farsightedness, with or without astigmatism. However, it’s crucial to understand that LASIK’s effectiveness largely depends on the root cause of the farsightedness. LASIK can be an ideal treatment if the issue stems from a refractive error—specifically, a misshapen cornea. During the surgery, the corneal tissue is precisely reshaped using an excimer laser to ensure that light focuses directly on the retina, thereby correcting the vision.

LASIK is an even more favorable option for patients under 40 with low levels of farsightedness. Yet, it’s important to note that for most individuals over 40 experiencing hyperopia, the underlying issue often extends to presbyopia—a condition related to aging that affects the eye’s lens and its ability to focus on close objects. In such cases, refractive lens implant surgery might be recommended over LASIK. This alternative offers a more durable and stable solution, addressing the broader range of vision challenges associated with presbyopia.

While LASIK is highly effective at treating farsightedness caused by refractive errors, Brusco Vision makes personalized recommendations for which vision correction procedure is best based on the patient’s age, the specific nature of their farsightedness, and the overall health of their eyes.

How effective is LASIK for farsightedness?

LASIK is an effective treatment for farsightedness, with high success rates and patient satisfaction. Studies suggest that LASIK is very safe and effective for treating low to moderate farsightedness, with success rates up to 93.7% success in moderate hyperopia cases. (source:Demir, G., Sucu, M., Yıldırım, Y., Tülü, B., Özveren, M., Yıldız, B., Yaşa, D., Günaydın, Z., & Demirok, A. (2019).

The use of wavefront-optimized platforms for hyperopic LASIK has shown improved visual outcomes over the past two decades. In the realm of ophthalmology, LASIK is recognized for its high success rates in treating conditions that cause blurred vision by precisely correcting the shape of the cornea. Patient satisfaction is also high, with up to 98 percent of patients satisfied with their results. A study showed that LASIK for high hypermetropia (severe farsightedness) resulted in satisfactory postoperative refraction with reasonable regression and without significant loss of lines of visual acuity. At Brusco Vision, our commitment to utilizing the latest LASIK technology ensures our patients are among those experiencing high satisfaction and effectiveness in treating farsightedness.

Who is a candidate for LASIK for farsightedness?

Candidates for LASIK include individuals experiencing signs and symptoms of hyperopia, as determined through comprehensive corneal topography and a detailed eyeglass prescription review by our experienced ophthalmologist. However, the process of determining who is a candidate for LASIK for farsightedness begins with an understanding that not all patients with blurry vision from hyperopia are suitable for LASIK, especially those over the age of 40. This age group often experiences presbyopia, a condition related to aging that affects the eye’s ability to focus on close objects. For these patients, custom lens replacement or refractive lens exchange, utilizing either light-adjustable lens or multifocal lens implants, is recommended over LASIK. This recommendation is due to the tendency for LASIK-treated hyperopia to regress more significantly than LASIK for myopia, whereas custom lens replacement offers a stable, permanent solution with excellent visual perception.

Before considering LASIK for farsightedness, several factors need to be evaluated. Key considerations include the patient’s age, whether presbyopia is also present, and difficulties in reading near print without glasses. LASIK is generally more suitable for patients under 40 with very low levels of farsightedness, as their vision issues are less likely to be compounded by presbyopia.

For those considering LASIK, it’s important to undergo a comprehensive preoperative eye examination and provide a detailed medical history. This assessment allows our eye specialists at Brusco Vision to determine the most appropriate treatment option. In some cases, alternatives to LASIK, such as custom lens replacement, may offer a more effective solution for those with presbyopia and severe hyperopia, aligning with our commitment to providing personalized, patient-centric care.

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Will LASIK to correct farsightedness wear off?

At Brusco Vision, LASIK surgery for farsightedness aims to permanently correct vision by reshaping the cornea. While the procedure is designed to produce long-lasting results, the possibility of regression exists, particularly for those with significant levels of hyperopia. Regression, where the initial improvement in vision diminishes over time, is influenced by factors such as the degree of farsightedness, age, and hormonal changes. In some cases, additional LASIK enhancements may be necessary to maintain optimal vision, though this is relatively rare.

Patients should also be aware that LASIK does not prevent age-related vision changes, such as presbyopia, which typically requires reading glasses starting in the 40s. Despite these considerations, the majority of LASIK patients achieve significant improvements in vision, with most reaching the 20/40 standard or better. Potential side effects, like dry eyes and temporary visual disturbances, usually resolve within a few months.

LASIK at Brusco Vision offers a long-lasting solution for farsightedness, with high success rates. However, it’s important for candidates to understand the potential for regression and the procedure’s limitations regarding age-related changes. A consultation with Dr. Brusco will help determine if LASIK is the right choice for your vision needs.

Are there other vision correction options for farsightedness?

At Brusco Vision, we recognize that every individual’s vision correction needs are unique, and LASIK might not be the optimal choice for everyone. That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of surgical treatments customized to meet various needs.

For those requiring alternatives to LASIK for farsightedness, we provide several advanced surgical options. Custom Lens Replacement (CLR) is one of our specialties, offering a personalized approach to lens replacement that can correct farsightedness by implanting a intraocular lens implant (IOL) tailored to your eye’s specific requirements. EVO ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) represents another innovative solution, especially suitable for those with thin corneas or high levels of farsightedness, by inserting a biocompatible lens between the iris and the natural lens without removing any corneal tissue.

SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) and ASA PRK (Advanced Surface Ablation Photorefractive Keratectomy) are additional surgical alternatives we perform at Brusco Vision. SMILE is a minimally invasive procedure that reshapes the cornea through a small, laser-made incision, offering a quick recovery time and less discomfort. ASA PRK, on the other hand, is a surface-based treatment that corrects vision by precisely shaping the corneal surface with a laser, suitable for those with specific corneal conditions or lifestyles.

At Brusco Vision, our commitment to utilizing the latest technology and personalized care ensures that we can offer the most suitable vision correction solution for each patient. Whether you’re considering LASIK, Custom Lens Replacement, EVO ICL, SMILE, or ASA PRK, our team is here to guide you through your options and support you in achieving the best possible vision.

A Clearer Future Awaits at Brusco Vision

Navigating the path to clearer vision can seem daunting, but at Brusco Vision, your vision clarity is our priority. We understand the importance of personalized care and the difference it makes in achieving optimal results. Whether you’re exploring LASIK for farsightedness or seeking alternatives that better suit your unique needs, our team is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the process. Our range of advanced surgical options, including Custom Lens Replacement, EVO ICL, SMILE, and ASA PRK, ensures that we can offer a tailored solution to meet your individual vision correction goals.

Don’t let farsightedness limit your vision of the future. Schedule a consultation with Brusco Vision today and take the first step towards a life with clearer, more vibrant vision. Let us help you explore your options and find the perfect solution to bring your world into focus.

More FAQ’s About Can LASIK Cure Farsightedness

Is LASIK painful for correcting farsightedness?

No. At Brusco Vision, we prioritize your comfort during all procedures. LASIK surgery for farsightedness involves minimal discomfort. Patients may feel pressure but no pain, thanks to numbing drops applied before the procedure. Post-surgery, you might experience slight irritation or dryness temporarily, but this does not hurt and is typically manageable with the aftercare instructions we provide.

How long does LASIK for farsightedness take?

The LASIK procedure at Brusco Vision is quick and efficient, typically taking about 10-15 minutes for both eyes. The actual laser treatment only lasts a few seconds to a minute per eye. Our state-of-the-art technology ensures precision and speed, making the process smooth and comfortable for patients.

What is the recovery time for LASIK on farsighted patients?

Recovery from LASIK at Brusco Vision is usually swift. Most patients notice significant improvements in their vision within 24 hours. While recovery experiences can vary, the majority of our farsighted patients resume normal activities within a couple of days, following a brief period of rest and adherence to post-operative care instructions.

Can LASIK correct severe farsightedness?

At Brusco Vision, we evaluate each case of farsightedness individually. While LASIK can correct a wide range of farsighted prescriptions, extremely high levels may require alternative treatments. During your consultation, we’ll assess your specific condition to determine if LASIK or another one of our advanced procedures is the most effective option for you.

Are there age restrictions for LASIK surgery for farsightedness?

Generally, candidates for LASIK at Brusco Vision should be at least 18 years old, with a stable prescription for at least a year. While there’s no upper age limit, older patients, particularly those over 40 experiencing presbyopia alongside farsightedness, might be recommended alternative treatments that better address their comprehensive vision needs.

How often do patients need LASIK enhancements for farsightedness?

Enhancements or touch-ups after LASIK for farsightedness at Brusco Vision are relatively rare, required by only a small percentage of patients. The need for an enhancement depends on how your eyes heal and adapt post-surgery. We offer thorough follow-up care to monitor your progress and determine if additional treatment is necessary.

What are the risks of LASIK surgery for correcting farsightedness?

While LASIK is a safe and effective procedure, as with any surgery, there are potential risks. At Brusco Vision, common side effects may include temporary dry eyes, glare, and halos around lights, though they are usually temporary. Serious complications are rare, and we take every precaution to minimize risks, ensuring the safest possible outcome for our patients.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for LASIK for farsightedness?

The best way to determine your candidacy for LASIK at Brusco Vision is through a comprehensive eye examination and consultation. We assess factors like the degree of farsightedness, corneal thickness, overall eye health, and your lifestyle needs to recommend the most appropriate vision correction solution.

Can LASIK for farsightedness also correct astigmatism and nearsightedness?

Yes, at Brusco Vision, our LASIK procedure can simultaneously correct farsightedness, near-sightedness and astigmatism. By reshaping the cornea, LASIK can address multiple refractive errors, providing a comprehensive solution to improve overall vision clarity.

What makes Brusco Vision’s approach to LASIK for farsightedness unique?

At Brusco Vision, we specialize in laser vision correction and refractive surgery to address various visual impairments, including farsightedness. Our approach combines personalized care with cutting-edge technology. We understand that each patient’s vision correction needs are unique, especially when it comes to far-sightedness. Our experienced team uses the latest advancements in LASIK surgery to ensure optimal results, supported by a customized post-operative plan to promote quick and comfortable recovery.



Michael A. Brusco, MD, FACS, is the founder and medical director of Brusco Vision – the premier practice dedicated to changing lives through vision correction in Washington DC and the DMV. He is a board-certified and award-winning refractive surgery subspecialist who has successfully performed over 40,000 corneal-based vision correction procedures, such as high-definition all-laser LASIK and PRK. Dr. Brusco graduated with honors from Harvard College, was awarded the STAAR Top 100 International Surgeon honor multiple years, and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the Refractive Surgery Alliance. He is a founding member of the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences, an organization on a global scale. Most recently, Dr. Brusco personally was performing close to 1% of all LASIK procedures in the US annually.

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