Removing the Need for Reading Glasses: Possible or Not

They say 50 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 30 but regardless of where we draw the line in the sand, aging is inevitable and so is the need for reading glasses.

Presbyopia – the loss of the ability to focus at near, for most people, begin in their early 40′s, resulting in the need for visual hardware or correction for any near tasks, like reading, computer work, knitting, sewing even reading a menu or shopping list. In this day and age of convenience needing reading glasses or contact lenses for such tasks is the epitome of inconvenience.

Reducing the need for reading glasses is a possibilty via Clear Lens Exchange or via Laser Vision Correction.

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Refractive Surgery

The aim of vision correction or refractive surgery is to reduce dependency on glasses and contact lenses to achieve clarity of vision.

There is now very little that cannot be treated or corrected. While there have been leaps and bounds to refractive surgery with Laser Vision correction and Refractive Lens Exchange now becoming the “norm”, it is always important to understand that these procedures can have their limitations – realistic expectations is a must to avoid dissappointment. Furthermore by choosing an experienced surgeon you trust, increases the likelihood of success, whether it be Laser Vision Correction or Refractive Lens Exchange.

 Peter Stacey Slit Lamp

Laser Cataract Surgery: Is it Worth it?

Since the dawn of Surgical treatment of cataracts in the mid 1700′s, surgical techniques have improved in leaps and bounds – sutureless wounds, incision getting smaller  and a wide array of Intraocular lenses becoming available to make it possible to treat short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism and even presbyopia. Resulting in better vision post operatively with little or no need for visual hardware and shorter recovery time.

Now there is “Laser Cataract Surgery” – is it worth the extra cost?

Currently, research shows post operative results with “laser” cataract surgery is no better in comparison to conventional cataract surgery performed by an experienced surgeon.

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Vision Correction: Choices, Choices, Choices

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People are living longer, more active lifestyles and often find visual hardware such as glasses and contact lenses inconvenient.

Freedom from visual hardware to see clearer is now a posibilty for more and more people. These days, there are a myriad of corrective procedures that can be performed in order to have clear unaided vision, so being unsuitable for one procedure, doesn’t automatically mean the end of the road.

Short, Long, Astigmatism, Presby…What? – Yes Vision Correction is Possible

Shortsightedness (also called Myopia) Longsightedness (Hypermetropia/Hyperopia), Astigmatism and Presbyopia, can often be confusing for patients enquiring about Vision Correction. The question “Which one are you?” is often the first that is asked.

Myopia or Shortsigtedness usually means your eyes may be longer than normal or the cornea is steeper than normal – the eye focussing images in front of the retina without correction. Depending on the amount of shortsightedness a person has, people who are shortsighted normally have clearer vision up close and blurry distance vision.

Longsightedness or Hypermetropia/Hyperopia usually means your eyes may be shorter than normal or the cornea is flatter than normal – the eye focussing images behind the retina without correction. Depending on the amount of longsightedness a person has, people who are longsighted normally have clearer vision at distance and out of focus for near.

Astigmatism has to do with the shape of the cornea – simplified, the “normal” cornea is shaped like half a basketball however people with Astigmatism have corneas shaped more like a football – steeper in one direction and flatter in the other.

Presbyopia on the other hand usually affects those 40 and above, gradually losing the ability to read things at near without visual hardware. This is due to the Lens inside the eye losing its elasticity, thus becoming unable to foccus when things are at a close range.

Confusing as they may be, all these conditions can  be corrected with either Clear Lens Exchange or Laser Vision Correction, to reduce and sometimes even completely remove the need for visual hardware to attain clear vision.

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Blended Vision

Blended Vision or Monovision is a term coined to describe when each eye is corrected differently to each other – focusing one at distance and the other either near or intermediate distance, in view to reduce the need for visual hardware at both distance and near. Blended vision can be attained via laser eye surgery or intraocular lens implant.

Understanding presbyopia is the first step in grasping the concept of blended vision. As with any procedure what is most important is choosing an experienced surgeon and ensure thorough understanding of the pros and cons.

A trial prior to a decision is important to “test drive” what blended vision is and whether or the difference between each eye can be tolerated.

Reserved for presbyopic patients who have lost the ability to read unaided, blended vision is yet another option for those looking to reduce dependency on contact lenses or glasses.

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Cataract Conundrum

Cataract Conundrum – to have surgery sooner or wait for the cataract to “ripen”

Gone are the days when patients wait for Cataract to adversely affect vision before treatment and waiting for a cataract to “ripen” is no longer common practice.

Research has shown that the risk of falls increase with the presence of cataract and with more people leading active lifestyles for longer and the dawn of Cataract micro surgery with reduced complication risk, the cataract conundrum is no more. Most patients no longer wait for a cataract to debilitate them, instead opting for treatment sooner rather than later, to improve vision and lifestyle.

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Cataract Surgery: Improving Vision & Lifestyle

The dawn of modern intraocular lenses and advances in instrument technology have given rise to more choice and accurate post operative results.

Cataract surgery is no longer performed purely for medical reasons, but in addition it can now offer patients with the choice of reducing the need for glasses for both distance and near – a choice once only limited to those willing to undergo Laser Eye Surgery. Cataract surgery has become sutureless, microsurgery with a relatively short recovery period and results so accurate people often have reduced need to rely on for visual hardware post-op.

Patients are no longer waiting for cataracts to debilitate them but having treatment earlier for lifestyle reasons. As life expectancy increases Cataract surgery has allowed patients to remain active for longer.

Peter Stacey Slit Lamp

 

Customized Laser Eye Surgery

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Whatever your choice of vision correction is, it is of utmost importance that your procedure is customized – tailored not only to your eyes but also suited to your lifestyle.

Whether it is customized laser eye surgery or cataract surgery, full informed consent and counselling of the procedure, its benefits and risks should always be discussed with you before a decision is made.

Full understanding of both the benefits and limitations of any procedure will increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.

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Refractive Lensectomy

Refractive Lensectomy or Clear Lens Exchange is a procedure that allows correction of longsightedness, shortsightedness and even astigmatism.

Patients who are unsuitable for laser eye surgery have the option to have this particular procedure to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses. Though more suited to those who are above 40 years of age, it can be performed on those who are younger, with full informed consent and thorough counselling of the pros and cons the procedure has to offer.

Being similar to Cataract surgery, Clear or Refractive Lensectomy has been proven time and time again to be a reliable procedure for successful visual outcomes.

Peter Stacey Slit Lamp