LASIK in the Over 40 Crowd
LASIK laser eye surgery has become very familiar to many people over the past 10 years. With the advancements in LASIK, patients are having better visual results than ever before. When patients are under 40, they have not become presbyopic and therefore are able to see far and near after LASIK surgery.
Presbyopia is a condition that develops in all of us as we age. The natural crystalline lens of the eye hardens and is less pliable. Because of this, when we focus for near, a change in focus becomes more difficult. Presbyopic patients tend to wear reading glasses if they have good distance vision and wear bifocals if they have both a distance and near prescription. These patients must be managed appropriately when it comes to expectations.
Generally, patients over the age of 45 will need reading glasses if you make their distance vision perfect. The only way around this is to perform monovision LASIK so that one eye sees well in the distance and one eye sees well for close. Dr. Jeff Martin does not do many cases of monovision because he finds that his patients are often not able to tolerate it. Dr. Martin will often do a contact lens trial to see if his patients can tolerate monovision prior to bladeless custom LASIK.
Dr. Martin, from Smithtown, New York in Long Island, does all bladeless custom LASIK or iLASIK. With iLASIK, the flap made is blade-free and generated by a laser with the best safety and precision of any method. We then do custom laser vision correction. A Wavescan collects a custom fingerprint of each patient's vision. This information is used to correct each patient's vision. The laser eye surgery automatically tracks, automatically centers, and uses iris registration for the very best results possible.
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