Older Eyes (Presbyopia)

LASIK Candidate




Presbyopia is part of the normal process of aging. It develops as the lens of the eye loses some of the flexibility that characterizes a younger eye. Everyone experiences the effects of presbyopia, typically between the ages of 40 and 50. Nearsighted people who become presbyopic may require bifocals, and those who never before needed glasses may require reading glasses.

With age, the lenses in the eyes become less elastic and lose their ability to flatten and thicken. This decreased elasticity affects how the eyes focus when changing from near to distance vision. While presbyopia may seem to occur suddenly, it actually takes several years for an individual to be aware that seeing close-up has become more difficult. Because it’s part of aging, presbyopia affects everyone and worsens with age.  If you’re in this age group, you’re probably already seeing the effects of presbyopia.

Typically, patients begin to realize that their up-close vision is deteriorating.  They begin to hold books and newspapers further and further from their eyes until eventually their arms aren’t long enough to let them focus.  It’s time for the dreaded reading glasses or bifocals—an often painful reminder of the advancing years.

Treating Presbyopia

We can’t keep you from getting older. But contrary to what you may have heard, laser vision correction surgery can counter the effects of presbyopia.  There are several different suitable approaches. If you have LASIK, you and your doctor may decide to leave one eye slightly nearsighted. This is called monovision.  It may allow you to maintain your ability to read after presbyopia begins. Your other eye will be fully treated for distance vision.

In addition, NVISION Laser Eye Centers also offer PresbyLASIK, an approach where laser vision correction surgery is used to adjust the eyes so that one works mainly at distance, but a little up close, while the other works mainly up close, but a little at distance.  The brain soon adapts to this system, combining the two images so that you can once again see both near and far without effort.

If you suffer from presbyopia, we can almost certainly help. NVISION doctors are very thorough in determining if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction and will be happy to discuss the potential outcome and risks involved for a patient with your particular prescription.  Please contact an NVISION Patient Counselor to schedule a consultation to determine the best laser vision correction treatment for you.