Presbyopia: When LASIK Isn’t An Option
LASIK is a great procedure to correct distance vision. If your desire is to sharpen what you see in the distance — on highways, playing golf, enjoying the outdoors — LASIK might be a great choice. But if you’re starting to need vision help at a distance AND up close, LASIK might not be the optimal procedure.
LASIK works by treating the cornea, the outermost layer of the eye, to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Dr. Walker uses the laser to resculpt the cornea to an optimal profile of steepness, flatness and roundness, respectively. With the cornea restored to its proper shape, light enters the eye without distortion, resulting in clear, crisp vision.
LASIK treatment may be used to offset symptoms of presbyopia, but LASIK cannot fully correct this condition.
There are two LASIK options for those affected by presbyopia: 1.) correct both eyes for distance and use reading glasses for up-close tasks, or 2.) correct one eye for distance and one eye for near to create what’s known as monovision or blended vision. Blended vision LASIK will only temporarily offset the effects of presbyopia. The natural lens will continue to age, causing presbyopia symptoms to worsen, and this dysfunctional lens will eventually develop into a cataract. For a permanent treatment, a better choice for you may be Clear Lens Replacement.
Is Lens Replacement Best For Me?
If you are over 45 years old, lens replacement should be an option you consider. Lens replacement provides the dual solution of distance and near vision in both eyes, unlike blended vision which treats one eye for distance and one eye for near. For people who desire optimal depth perception, night vision, and vision quality, the binocular solution clear lens replacement provides is preferred.
Clear Lens Replacement is a simple procedure to remove your aging, presbyopic lens – before it becomes cloudy (a cataract). Your natural lens is replaced with a Lifestyle Lens Implant that is able to provide clear vision, at all distances. Lens replacement is the only permanent vision correction procedure. Once your natural lens has been removed, you will never develop a cataract and will enjoy stable vision forever (absent any other eye disease), as the implants never require replacement.
Lens replacement is the most frequently performed surgery in the U.S. and is one of the safest as well. You have three options today in choosing a lens replacement solution for your vision needs.
What Are My Lens Replacement Options?
Previous lens replacement technologies provided only one focal point — distance — leaving people dependent upon reading glasses or bifocals. Recent advances in accommodative and multifocal lens implant technology now make it possible for you to read the words on prescription bottles, magazines, newspapers and computer screens, without magnifying glasses or bifocals, while still clearly seeing objects at a distance. These lenses have the ability to consistently offer improved vision at all ranges — near through distance. With three advanced lens implants — Tecnis Multifocal, ReSTOR 3.0, and Crystalens AO — the vision we can help you maintain as you age is better than ever before in the history of ophthalmology.