Vision Changes After 40
Even if you have had perfect vision your whole life – or if you have had your vision corrected with laser surgery – your vision will continue to change as you grow older. Presbyopia is one such condition that can naturally occur to most adults over age 40.
Presbyopia occurs when the eye’s crystalline lenses begin to lose flexibility or accommodation; this is the ability to shift focus from near-to-far. Reading glasses become necessary to read things like Smart Phones, menus, medicine bottles and other items with fine print.
Monovision LASEK for Presbyopia
Traditional LASEK cannot correct presbyopia because this condition is not caused by the shape of the cornea. LASEK alters the shape of the cornea so light can focus properly on the retina for clear vision. LASEK does not restore flexibility to the eye lenses.
However, monovision LASEK can be performed to correct the dominant eye for distant vision while the other eye is focused for near vision. This technique can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses but it can take a little time to adjust to, so most doctors recommend that patients try using monovision contact lenses before permanently altering their eyes.