One of our patients recently asked us, “Can you get LASIK if you wear bifocals?” It’s an interesting question. Many people must wear bifocals to help correct deteriorating vision brought on by aging. These bifocals help correct a condition called presbyopia (meaning “old eye” in Greek) that causes blurred close-range vision, especially within low light. With the onset of presbyopia, even those who have never before needed glasses may find themselves in need of bifocals—a frustrating occurrence at best.
While presbyopia can be improved with simple reading glasses or bifocals, many wish to return to a life with normal vision, and without glasses. LASIK surgery is a popular corrective vision surgery, so naturally, many patients seek information about LASIK for presbyopia. For years, the prospects for surgical treatment of presbyopia weren’t good—but luckily, things have changed. Explore the options below to find out how Eye Center of Texas can help you ditch your bifocals for good.
What Causes Presbyopia & The Need For Bifocals
As our eyes get older, their lenses become less flexible, making it harder for your eyes to adjust to lower levels of light and changes in distance (especially when those changes are made within up-close range). Since presbyopia occurs naturally with aging, it is difficult to prevent. In fact, presbyopia is so closely associated with aging that it has earned the nickname “Over 40 Vision.” That’s the bad news. The good news is that we have more information about LASIK eye surgery for presbyopia than ever before.
How Can You Treat Presbyopia?
Unfortunately, conventional LASIK eye surgery is not used to treat presbyopia. However, there are other forms of bifocal-eliminating surgery available: a form of LASIK eye surgery in Houston known as Monovision LASIK. (For further reading on other surgical options, see our post, “Who is a good candidate for LASIK?”).
Monovision LASIK is a unique take on your typical laser eye surgery. During the procedure, one eye (typically your dominant eye) is corrected while the other is made partially nearsighted. This change replicates the effects of bifocals and is sometimes known as blended vision LASIK. While Monovision LASIK is an effective surgical alternative to wearing bifocals, it does have its drawbacks. Although your eyes will now work together to see objects both near and far, you may still lose a small amount of clarity in your vision.
For Presbyopia Relief, Contact Eye Center of Texas Today
Life without bifocals is possible, and the means to get it is right here in Houston! Our team of surgeons at Eye Center of Texas has extensive experience with LASIK surgeries. We always offer safe, affordable care for our patients. To discover which procedure is right for you, contact us today and schedule an appointment at any of our six Houston-area locations.