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About 15 years ago I underwent laser eye surgery to correct my near vision. I was under the impression that the improvement would be permanent, however, over recent years I’ve noticed a deterioration when it comes to reading. I’ve just turned 50. Should I be experiencing this or should my previous surgery have prevented this?

From what you’ve said, it sounds like you are suffering from presbyopia – a condition which occurs naturally as the eye begins to age, making it difficult to see small objects and print. Unfortunately, this age-related condition has a different cause than the typical long- or short-sighted vision problems occurring in your 20’s or 30’s, and so would not be prevented by your previous treatment.

Until recently, presbyopia could not be treated very successfully with laser eye surgery, but a new procedure called SUPRACOR is now available. It is based on the widely available LASIK procedure but developed specifically for presbyopia and many patients experience an immediate improvement.