Laser Eye Surgery After 50

It is a common misconception that being over 50 automatically makes you unsuitable for Laser Eye Surgery.

If your eyes are healthy, you will very likely still be suitable for treatment – around 97% of people are! Like everyone though, you’ll need to have a consultation with a surgeon to know for sure.

At London Vision Clinic, our preferred treatment for presbyopia (natural ageing of the eyes) is PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision – a safe and effective Laser Eye Surgery treatment, which can correct both near and distance vision without resorting to inserting an artificial lens inside the eye.

If you are over 50, you may be more likely to have certain ocular conditions, and wonder whether you are still suitable for Laser Eye Surgery.

Such conditions include:

Glaucoma – which is usually caused by a build up of pressure in the eye. Laser Eye Surgery will not cure glaucoma, but patients with glaucoma can often still have Laser Eye Surgery. Your surgeon should work in conjunction with your glaucoma specialist to ensure that your glaucoma management is not affected by Laser Eye Surgery.

Cataracts – which is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye. Cataracts usually develop slowly as a result of ageing (although they can also be caused by certain medical conditions). If your cataracts are affecting your vision and limiting your daily activities, the clouded lens can be removed with cataract surgery and replaced with an implant. Cataract surgery can often correct your prescription enough that you no longer require glasses; alternatively, some cataract surgery clinics (including the London Vision Clinic) will offer a corneal laser enhancement procedure, to perfect the prescription after cataract surgery.

Dry eyes – which is caused by reduced tear production as we get older. Having dry eye is quite common, and certainly does not make you unsuitable for laser eye surgery (unless it is extremely severe). ReLEx SMILE – the new keyhole laser eye surgery – is an especially good procedure for patients with dry eyes. Here at London Vision Clinic, we specialise in treating patients with dry eyes, and have many pre-operative and post-operative precautions in place, to prevent the dry eye from worsening.

If you are over 50 and have any concerns about an eye condition that you think may make you unsuitable for Laser Eye Surgery, give us a call on 020 7224 1005 and one of the team will be happy to discuss it with you.