Understandably, we get a lot of questions regarding LASIK. With around 700,000 LASIK surgeries performed every single year, it makes sense that individuals are asking questions and covering their bases before making the decision to move forward with LASIK or not. Let’s take a look at a common question we hear about LASIK: can it correct presbyopia?
What is Presbyopia?
Before we can talk about LASIK and presbyopia, we need to define presbyopia. You most likely have heard this condition referred to as farsightedness. More specifically, presbyopia refers to age-related farsightedness. In the US alone, there are over 3 million cases of this common condition every single year. It often occurs in one’s early to mid-40s, but it can happen earlier or later as well. If you are finding yourself holding menus or other documents at an arm’s length in order to read them, you are likely dealing with presbyopia.
Can LASIK Correct Presbyopia?
Presbyopia is a natural result of aging, and LASIK cannot always correct it. There is a specific LASIK method, called monovision, which may be able to treat presbyopia. Monovision corrects farsightedness in the dominant eye and nearsightedness in the other eye. Correcting both eyes can balance vision and eliminate vision issues. It is important to realize that monovision treatment is not always effective for treating presbyopia. Prescription glasses and contact lenses can usually correct vision impaired by presbyopia. Bifocals are an effective way to combat this condition.
Can LASIK Prevent Presbyopia?
While it does not increase an individual’s chances of dealing with presbyopia, unfortunately, LASIK cannot prevent presbyopia. If you are predisposed to age-related farsightedness, the best thing you can do is schedule annual eye exams to keep an eye on your vision. Putting off glasses when your vision is changing can lead to further vision loss and other symptoms, such as headaches.
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