Beginning in the early to mid-40s, many adults may start to have problems seeing clearly at close distances, especially when reading and working on the computer. This is among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41 to 60. This normal change in the eye's focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress over time.
Why does this happen? Losing this focusing ability for near vision occurs because the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible. This flexibility allows the eye to change focus from objects that are far away to objects that are close. People with presbyopia have several options to regain clear near vision. They include:
What’s Monovision LASIK? It’s a laser surgery for presbyopia that can reduce the need for reading glasses. In this technique, your eye surgeon will fully correct the distance vision of one eye (usually the dominant eye), and intentionally makes the non-dominant eye mildly nearsighted.
Are there risks involved? Monovision LASIK or monovision with contact lenses involves some compromise. Though the two eyes continue to work together as a team, distance vision typically is not as crystal-clear after monovision as it would be if the non-dominant eye wasn't nearsighted. Most patients who undergo monovision LASIK feel the convenience of being able to see acceptably well at all distances without glasses is worth the trade-off of accepting the minor loss of clarity in distance vision that monovision entails.
If additional distance vision clarity is desired for specific activities (such as driving at night) after monovision LASIK, special-purpose eyeglasses or contact lenses can be prescribed that correct the nearsightedness in the non-dominant eye and optimize distance vision.
Dr. Shofner recognizes that fear of surgery is the patients greatest concern and not everyone is a candidate. Therefore, he carefully evaluates each patient’s vision to provide the most appropriate recommendation. If you are interested in improving your vision, Schedule an appointment and learn what’s best for you. Speak with a LASIK or cataract counselor 7 days a week by calling (615) 340-4733.