Eye Correction Surgery For Ages 40-60

Woman in 40s having eye correction surgery

Once you pass the age of 40, you may find that your vision is not what is once was, and this mild degeneration can continue into your 50s. By the time you reach your 60s, it may become necessary to use glasses to help with everyday tasks such as reading or driving. You may find that you need more than one pair of glasses to use for different tasks. Again, this is perfectly normal, though you should speak to an ophthalmic consultant if you’re at all worried.

Many people in this age group finally chose eye correction surgery because they are starting to have problems with presbyopia and need to use bifocal, varifocal or reading glasses. Dry eyes are more common in this age group of 40-60 years as well and can make wearing contact lenses more uncomfortable.

Even people that have never had vision problems may begin to have blurry near vision at this age, making it difficult to read small print or do close-up tasks such as threading a needle.

Laser eye correction surgery can correct visual errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but Allon Barsam can also reduce the dependency on reading glasses for near vision with this age group.

Depending on your requirements and the specifics of your eyes, several options may benefit you. These include:

BLENDED VISION

Typically with blended vision, the dominant eye is targeted for distance and the non-dominant eye is targeted for near to intermediate distances. Blended vision should not be confused with monovision. Blended vision is milder than monovision because there is less near correction in the non-dominant eye resulting in less difference between the eyes. Far more people are able to adapt to blended vision than to monovision as there is no to little dissociation between the eyes. The increase in depth of field, or range in vision, is achieved when the distance and near eyes overlap at intermediate distances. The brain usually adapts to each eye focusing at a different distance within six to eight weeks, but it may take longer for you to adjust. There may be some situations (such as night driving, performing fine detailed work or reading in poor lighting conditions) where you might require corrective lenses.

Allon Barsam, specialist in laser eye correction surgery

REFRACTIVE LENS EXCHANGE

Refractive lens exchange, also known as PreLex ( presbyopic lens exchange), Clear lens extraction or Clarivu, is the procedure of choice where both laser eye correction surgery and implantable contact lens surgery are not indicated such as patients who have early lens changes/early cataract or who are too far sighted to make the other treatments safe and effective.