LASIK is becoming more and more popular for people who are over the age of 40! There are some very important things to be thinking about before surgery, though. When a person starts to get into their 40's the near vision focusing begins to decline, a process called "Presbyopia". This can be a set-up for an unpleasant surprise after surgery if you don't think about it prior to your LASIK.
"Many people who are near-sighted don't realize how frequently they are removing their distance glasses to see things up close," said the SkyVision Centers surgeon Dr. Darrell White. "If they are around 45 or so we will sometimes put a contact lens on them and give them a chance to see what their reading vision will be like right after LASIK. This way there's no surprise when they can't read the newspaper the next day!"
Just like with contact lenses a patient can choose to do Mono-vision with LASIK. One eye is set for distance vision as usual, and one eye is slightly undercorrected leaving it near-sighted enough to be able to read. We will typically target a prescription that lets our patients read a menu and see their computer screens without wearing reading glasses.
It's almost never too late to think about LASIK! Even if you are over 40 it can still be a ton of fun to have great distance vision without wearing glasses or contact lenses. Dr. White always says the "LASIK is still one of the nicest things I've ever done for myself, even though I wear reading glasses a lot now." At SkyVision we will make sure you know what to expect after your LASIK!