LASIK After 40
LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism for patients of any age, though there are special considerations for patients over age 40. After age 40, many patients begin developing presbyopia, or age-related farsightedness. Others who have undergone LASIK in the past may require a touch-up procedure. LASIK after 40 by the experts at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons in Philadelphia, PA, can help you experience the benefits of a reduced or eliminated need for glasses and contacts.
Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons provides comprehensive eye care to patients throughout Pennsylvania, and our doctors perform thousands of LASIK procedures every year. To schedule an exam, please contact us today.
LASIK after 40
There is no real age limit for LASIK surgery. For example, a 75-year-old who is free from cataracts or other eye diseases can be a good candidate for LASIK. However, it is important to understand that after age 40, most patients develop special vision needs. Presbyopia, or farsightedness resulting from a loss of elasticity in the crystalline lens, is one of the most prevalent ways that age affects vision.
LASIK monovision is a special treatment designed specifically for patients who have begun to develop presbyopia. It involves using an excimer laser to provide a different correction for each eye, optimizing one eye for close vision and the other for distance. Before undergoing LASIK monovision, patients can wear special contact lenses that allow them to simulate the effects of the surgery and make an informed decision about treatment. After an initial adjustment period, many patients find monovision to be a functional solution that allows them to stop wearing corrective eyewear for many activities.
Monovision is not for everyone. Our doctors are committed to your safety and satisfaction, and will carefully assess your candidacy before recommending this procedure. This involves not only assessing the health of your eyes, but also determining if monovision is a fit for your lifestyle. For example, if a patient works in a profession requiring excellent depth perception, he or she may be better suited for using prescription lenses for reading.
The alterations made during LASIK are permanent, but they do not stop the natural aging process that causes vision to degrade over time. If you have undergone LASIK in the past, but find that your vision is beginning to become less clear, a touch-up LASIK procedure can help you to once again experience independence from glasses or contacts. If you notice a change in your vision, schedule a consultation with us as soon as possible.
At Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, we are recognized leaders in eye care. Our team of 12 physicians and surgeons partner with Wills Eye Surgical Centers, the largest eye hospital in the U.S. If you are 40 or older and wish to learn more about how LASIK can benefit you, we can assess your vision and explain your options. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment at one of our Philadelphia locations.