What eye conditions does LASIK treat?

LASIK is used to treat short-sightedness or myopia. It’s used for long-sightedness or hyperopia, and it’s used to treat astigmatism. Very often in our patients, they will have a combination of either myopia, short-sightedness, and astigmatism or long-sightedness and astigmatism.

The other condition that LASIK is used to treat is a condition called presbyopia. And what presbyopia is, is where patients lose the ability to focus for close print, so lose the ability to read with age. Typically, from age 45, 50 onwards. And over time, they find their reading distance goes further and further away. So, there is a form of LASIK that we can use to treat this to bring the reading vision back in again closer.

About the Author

Mr Alex J Shortt

MB BCh MSc PhD FRCOphth PGDipCatRef
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Alex J Shortt is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Grange Eye Consultants. With many years of experience and expertise in Corneal surgery, Cataract surgery, and Refractive surgery, he is providing his patients with a wide range of treatment options. As he has worked as a consultant and trainer in advanced technologies for correcting vision for over 14 years, he has a broad knowledge of various eye conditions and can, therefore, find the best suitable solution for every individual client. Apart from working as an Ophthalmic Surgeon, Dr. Shortt is also involved as an editorial board member of the Cochrane Collaboration’s Eyes and Vision Group and expert advisor to the European Medicines Agency.