Presbyopia or Long sightedness is one of the most common refractive errors found among the people these days. Normally, people develop this when they are mid-aged. That’s the time when one needs the ‘reading glasses’ in order to read their daily newspapers or their favorite book. But wearing glasses and reading books or newspapers isn’t that comfortable, is it? Moreover, when you forget your glasses and you need to sign some important documents which is needed to be read, then it becomes more troublesome. So, getting a LASIK for presbyopia, even if it happens naturally due to age, is always better!!
How does LASIK help in fixing Presbyopia?
Let me be honest with you, unlike the other refractive errors such as myopia and astigmatism, presbyopia cannot be completely fixed with the LASER surgery. However, LASIK does help in eliminating the use of reading glasses. You may not perfectly get your healthy sight back but you will be able to get clearer vision of the near and far things without much hassle.
A LASIK for presbyopia is different from the other LASIK surgeries. It involves a special procedure called ‘Monovision’.
What is Monovision laser eye surgery?
Monovision is one of the first choices for the patients who have developed presbyopia. It comprises depth perception along with intermediate vision. In this ‘Monovision’ surgery, the patient will have a fully corrected eye for distance sighting and slightly corrected for intermediate or near vision. These two corrections together help the patient to get clearer view much like the normal healthy vision.
Moreover the plus-point is that, this ‘Monovision’ surgery remains effective to some extent even after the age 40, when our eyes naturally becomes weaker and leads to poor vision. This type of surgery is also suited for the ones who are bifocal or trifocal. However, Monovision Laser is not applicable for those who indulge in extended time period reading or the ones who read extremely small font.
Alternative of Monovision LASER eye surgery
During the pre-tests of LASIK when the patient’s eyes are studied in detail, the doctors generally suggest the patient for trying out Monovision contacts or glasses if he or she has never used one. If the patient is willing and later get used to it, the surgery might not be required. However, if the things aren’t as favorable for the patient as he or she expected, then he or she can easily go for the ‘Monovision’ Surgery.
Is Presbyopia correction Laser eye surgery for all?
Presbyopia is different from other refractive errors. It is a natural process which is bound to develop when the person reaches the middle age mark. However, there are many people who develop presbyopia at a much younger age. For such young people LASIK correction is a preferable option. But that also doesn’t mean that the middle aged adults can’t enjoy the fruits of LASIK on presbyopia!
Since Presbyopia is progressive, therefore with time the effects of ‘Monovision Laser surgery’ may get diminished to some extent. Moreover, you may also have to see whether the surgery will affect your lifestyle and your health as well. Therefore it’s recommended that you go through a discussion with your ophthalmologist who will explain you and suggest you the things you need to do for your eyes.
Presbyopia is a progressive refractive error which generally develops after the age of 40 due to weakened eye tissue cells. Due to this, the patient requires the reading glasses to get clear vision of the ‘near objects’. So, for such people, ‘Monovision’ surgery is a great option which helps in correcting the sight. The Monovision Laser surgery corrects one eye completely and the other slightly. This allows the person to see both near and far objects clearly without any problem. Moreover, the effects of this surgery remain even after the age of 40, if you get the surgery before you are middle aged. But since this surgery is not suitable for all, it’s recommended for the patients to discuss with a LASIK expert or an ophthalmologist before having the surgery for best results!