When a person’s near vision begins to diminish, sometime after age 40, many incorrectly assume that readers, bifocal/progressive glasses are the only options to see up close. Fortunately, this is far from the truth. Today, with the latest LASEK technology, there are several options for LASEK after 40.
Everyone over 40 will eventually suffer from presbyopia – the inability to see close-up. As your body ages, the natural lens of the eye loses its flexibility. Since this is a natural condition of the lens of the eye and not the cornea, it affects everyone; from normal glasses and contact wearers, to people with perfect vision, and even people who received previous laser vision correction.
Until recently, the only solutions to the loss of reading vision were reading glasses or bifocals and progressive lenses. Thankfully, custom LASEK offers multiple solutions that can help you ditch the readers and even leave you completely glasses and contacts free!
Most patients who receive traditional LASEK vision correction will be free from glasses until they hit their mid-forties, when presbyopia sets in. But there exists a custom LASEK procedure that can help correct both distance and reading vision. Called monovision, this procedure adjusts one eye to see things close-up, while the other eye sees things at a distance. Your brain then balances out the images for a full field of clear vision. While this may seem weird or uncomfortable, it’s actually the way our normal sight functions.
Before committing to monovision LASEK, Dr. Cole will have you try the concept using contact lenses to simulate the experience of monovision sight. Many people love it, but for some it may not feel quite right. For patients who decide that monovision is not the right fit for them, they can still get LASEK for their distance vision and just use cheap readers for the times when they need to see up-close.
LASEK has helped millions of patients achieve better vision. For those 40 and over, LASEK may be a great option to improve or even correct vision. If you’re considering LASEK after 40, contact BoozmanHof at 800-428-3937 or boozmanhof.com to schedule a consultation.