Correcting Presbyopia With Laser Eye Surgery
Presbyopia is a condition of the eyes that is comes with aging. It is defined as the inability of the eyes to focus on close objects. It is an issue for basic tasks such as reading and writing.
The corrective procedure for this condition is known as Laser Blended Vision. The final result is that, while both eyes can see distance and farther away, one will function well with distance and one will focus better with near objects. Laser Blended Vision works by enabling the eyes to tag team. The eyes will compensate for each other’s strengths by merging the two different images.
The issue with correcting presbyopia is that people don’t stop getting older and this is, after all, a condition that is caused by aging. While the procedure is used to correct vision, it is not always recommended. Laser Blended Vision can reduce the need for glasses, but it may not be a permanent fix as the patient continues to age after the procedure. Factors such as the progression of the condition and the age of the patient will be taken into account. Basically, in some cases, this procedure is like providing a patient with a prescription, but prescriptions in the elderly change more rapidly than in younger patients meaning that the issue can sometimes return, and quickly.
For these reasons, operating for presbyopia is still somewhat controversial as it is often seen as a temporary fix to a problem that is sometimes dealt with simply through the use of reading glasses and increasing the strength of reading aides as needed. Less than superiorly qualified eye surgeons may needlessly operate, causing more negative side effects than good. (To see more on the debate pertaining to presbyopia corrective procedures have a look at this forum.
The best way to determine if you are eligible for the procedure is to make an appointment with one of our top medical professionals at London Vision Clinic. We are happy to answer all of your questions and sit down to discuss your individual situation and options.