SAs we age, we begin to experience difficulty reading things at a close distance. This is a very normal, naturally occurring loss of vision called Presbyopia, caused by the lens becoming more rigid.
LASIK and Presbyopia
Today, modern LASIK is able to address presbyopia with a technique called monovision (blended vision). During this procedure, the surgeon programs the laser to focus the patient’s dominant eye to see clearly for distance tasks (driving, watching television) while targeting the other eye to remain slightly nearsighted (computer, reading). Although each eye is focused for a slightly different range, the brain is easily able to integrate these images and restore visual clarity at all ranges free of spectacles or contact lenses.
Refractive Lens Exchange As A Reading Solution
After years of considering LASIK, some patients come to the office for an evaluation only to learn that LASIK is no longer the ideal solution for achieving spectacle independence for them. This is especially true after the age of 40 or 50 when the natural lens loses its flexibility and capacity for fine focus. This is also the time when most patients experience the frustration of needing glasses for reading or working on the computer.
Fortunately, Refractive Lens Exchange can restore both your distance and near vision, freeing you from glasses or contact lenses. This innovative procedure not only focuses the eye, but addresses the deficits in the natural lens by removing it and exchanging it with a tiny implant that will give new clarity to your vision. Once the lens is implanted, the eye will remain relatively stable over the years, ensuring your vision won’t degrade over time.
During your consultation, Dr. Besser will get a sense as to your visual goals expectations and will thoroughly discuss the different options with you. Dr. Besser believes that the patient should be well educated in all aspects of their care and will include you in determining the right procedure and the right lens for your visual needs.
Cataract Lens Implants Section As A Reading Solution
If you suffer from cataracts, are considering cataract surgery, and also want to be able to see up close without reading glasses, you should know that cataract surgery can now address both the cataracts and presbyopia with one procedure.
Advanced-technology intraocular lens (IOL) implants called trifocal lenses can now correct for presbyopia, along with other refractive conditions like myopia and hyperopia. Toric versions of these trifocal lenses can correct for astigmatism as well. (link to more detailed info about cataract IOLs)
Like LASIK, cataract surgery can address presbyopia through a technique called monovision. For this procedure, the surgeon corrects the refractive errors of one eye, leaving the other eye slightly nearsighted. The corrected eye will see distances clearly, and the nearsighted eye will better be able to read up-close. Although each eye is focused for a slightly different range, the brain is easily able to integrate these images and restore visual clarity at all ranges free of spectacles or contact lenses