Laser Eye Surgery for PresbyopiaAuthor: Dr. William Tullo
April 25, 2014
Laser eye surgery is typically not considered a fix for presbyopia, the need for reading glasses. However, laser eye surgery for presbyopia can help some people reduce or eliminate their need for reading glasses.
The procedure is called “monovision.” With monovision, a person will opt to have one eye fully corrected for distance vision by laser eye surgery. Meanwhile the other eye is left slightly under corrected for intermediate or near vision. The result is that with both eyes together many patients can see distance and near objects.
Some people find monovision allows them to enjoy the benefits of laser eye surgery even after they hit the age of presbyopia (about the 40s or later in most adults). This type of laser eye surgery is often considered by people who are looking for an alternative to bifocals or trifocals. For those adults who read for extended periods of time or who often read extremely small font, however, laser eye surgery for presbyopia might not be desirable.
Monovision as a general term can also apply to glasses and contact lenses that provide the same effect as monovision laser eye surgery. In fact, some LASIK providers will have a patient who is considering laser eye surgery for presbyopia test drive monovision contact lenses or glasses to see if a monovision procedure would suit his or her lifestyle. Keep in mind monovision is not for everyone and should be discussed with your doctor.
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For more information on how monovision might or might not be right for you, it’s important to have a consultation with a trained LASIK provider who can answer your questions. Monovision might not eliminate all need for distance and reading glasses, and presbyopia is a progressive condition possibly causing the benefits of monovision to diminish over time. Additionally, your lifestyle and unique prescription will affect whether or not this procedure is right for you.
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