Whether you have LASIK at 20 or 50, presbyopia is a common issue that everyone will experience at some point in middle age. This condition affects eyesight because the lens hardens and does not reflect light the same way. Many people over the age of 40 need reading glasses after LASIK to see things close up, but there are solutions that can minimize using these products.
Refractive lens exchange is a procedure where the vision specialist removes the immovable lens and replaces it with a new, flexible material that corrects over 40 vision issues. Until the procedure, the surgeon can only predict whether or not you will need reading glasses after LASIK if you choose to go with RLE at some point.
Monovision is an option that lets the eye surgeon correct one eye for close-up vision and one for far away. You can test this procedure by using monovision contacts for a time before the surgery. Corneal inlay surgery is a new technology that is being used in England, Japan, and other countries. In this procedure, a corneal layer is put over your cornea to help correct the inability to see from lens hardening. More studying and research are necessary for these treatments, but scientific advancements are making the clearer vision a bigger possibility for those over 40.
If you find yourself with a reading problem after LASIK, then it does not mean that your procedure wore off. Middle age affects us all. No matter when you have LASIK, other eye problems can cause you to need reading glasses. Our specialists at Manhattan LASIK Center can help you decide if another treatment is necessary or suitable for your lifestyle and eye health.