Is Lasik recommended after 50?
As the years roll on, Laser Eye Surgery may start to look like an increasingly attractive option.
Less time looking for misplaced glasses, no more fumbling around with contact lenses and, not to mention, clearer vision. What could be stopping you from going forward!
Well, there is one small thing. Although there is no upper age limit, Laser Eye Surgery has long been powerless against presbyopia. Presbyopia is the term for the natural effects of ageing on the eye which is linked to decreased reading. What you may not know is that Laser Eye Surgery has already successfully turned back the clock on the vision of thousands of people.
If you haven’t already heard, the treatment I’m talking about is PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision™. But before we get more into the revolutionary procedure, there are certain requirements anyone over 50 should first meet if they are to be considered a good candidate for Laser Eye Surgery.
Life and Laser Eye Surgery after 50
First things first, when thinking about having Laser Eye Surgery after 50, you must have a stable prescription. In other words, your vision has been the same for a year or longer before having the procedure.
Second, your eyes must be in good health. If you have cataracts or other visual conditions that cannot be treated by Laser Eye Surgery, then you might not be suitable.
Some of these common visual conditions that may affect your chances of being suitable for Laser Eye Surgery include:
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Glaucoma: Glaucoma is usually caused by a build-up of pressure in the eye. Laser Eye Surgery cannot cure glaucoma. However, many people with glaucoma can still be considered a candidate. It is important for your glaucoma specialist to work with your laser eye surgeon to ensure your glaucoma management is not affected by the laser treatment.
Cataracts: A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens inside the eye. This is usually a gradual condition that happens due to ageing. When cataracts get to the point that they limit your vision or affect your daily activities, the cloudy lens can be removed and replaced with a clear implant. Cataract surgery may improve your vision to the point that you no longer need glasses. Alternatively, some cataract surgery clinics (including the London Vision Clinic), offer a corneal laser enhancement procedure to perfect the prescription after having cataract surgery.
Dry eyes: Dry eye is a common condition that can naturally develop as we get older due to reduced tear production. Many people who suffer from dry eye do, however, have Laser Eye Surgery. As one of the few clinics in the UK to offer SMILE, London Vision Clinic specialises in treating patients with dry eyes.
Your health, not your age, is the best determining factor of your suitability.
PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision™
Laser Eye Surgery was once limited to specific groups of patients.
After two decades of advancements in technology, things are very different today. So different, in fact, that more than 90% of all people are suitable for Laser Eye Surgery. This includes those over 50 years old.
As Laser Eye Surgery has advanced, the “over 50’s” has become a demographic with particularly good options for Laser Eye Surgery.
Presbyopia happens to everyone at some point in their lives. When the effects become bad enough it means one thing – time for the dreaded reading glasses.
Thankfully, the revolutionary treatment, PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision™ is specially designed to counter the effects of presbyopia and improving reading vision for many years — if not forever.
You may have friends that wear “monovision” contact lenses. Monovision means that one eye sees distance and the other eye sees up close. PRESBYOND also uses a small amount of monovision, but with one key difference. The vision is blended. This means the eye that sees distance can also see a little up close and the eye that sees up close can also see a little in the distance. This more closely mimics the eyes natural way of seeing. The result is a much better depth of focus and clearer overall vision at all distances. While only around 60% of people can tolerate monovision in contact lenses, more than 95% adapt to PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision.
As well as being a more natural approach to correcting presbyopia and therefore being available for a larger population, it can also help you achieve results many wouldn’t expect they ever could:
- Over 98 percent of PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision™ patients can read normal newsprint (‘N8’).
- Over 90 percent of PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision™ patients can read the small print on medicine bottle inserts.
From having no other option than reading glasses to being able to have many more years of not only clear, but complication-free vision, is a huge step forward in the world of vision correction.
Find out more about Laser Eye Surgery for ageing eyes or book a consultation at London Vision Clinic today by leaving a comment below or giving us a call us on 020 7224 1005.