What is Presbyopia?
When considering laser vision correction, patients should have a good understanding of presbyopia. Presbyopia is the gradual loss of near vision that occurs after age 40 due to the natural aging of the lens inside the eye. There is no treatment or procedure to halt presbyopia, and it will occur whether you have laser vision correction or not.
What does this mean for you?
If you have LASIK before age 40
You will have great distance and near vision until your early 40’s, then you will gradually lose your near vision. At about age 43, you will start wearing reading glasses for near vision only. Distance vision remains clear. This will occur whether you have laser vision correction or not: if you do not have LASIK, you will either start wearing reading glasses over your contacts, or start wearing bifocals.
If you have LASIK after age 45
You will have great distance vision, but will be in reading glasses for your near vision. Even if you can see at up-close without your glasses before laser vision correction (because you are nearsighted), you will be in reading glasses. If you are farsighted, you will notice an improvement in your near vision.
LASIK neither improves nor worsens presbyopia. For patients who want to be less dependent on reading glasses, monovision may be an option.