Are you in your 40s, 50s, or 60s? Have you found yourself squinting just to see clearly? As we age, poor vision may be something more than just the result of refractive errors, which are the cause of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. We become more susceptible to developing cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, and presbyopia. If you were considering laser eye surgery to correct any vision problems, these conditions may affect treatment options.
Aging Eyes and Laser Vision Correction
I’m over 40. Does my age affect the outcome of laser eye surgery?
No. Generally speaking, outcomes are similar, but older patients may need additional treatment to achieve optimal results.
I’ve become nearsighted. How do cataracts affect my laser vision correction options?
Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, and surgery may be required to replace your natural lens with an artificial one. Because cataracts can’t be prevented with laser refractive surgery, opting for cataract surgery over LASIK or other laser eye surgeries would be recommended.
If you had laser refractive surgery prior to being diagnosed with cataracts, knowing your prescription before and after laser vision correction is important for selecting a lens for cataract surgery.
I was considering laser eye surgery to correct my vision, but I also have glaucoma.
The severity of your glaucoma may determine if you are still a candidate for laser eye surgery. LASIK isn’t recommended in cases of moderate to severe glaucoma, but for mild glaucoma treated with a single medication, you may still be able to get laser vision correction.
Finding signs of glaucoma becomes more difficult after laser refractive surgery, so telling your ophthalmologist if you’ve had laser vision correction is important to avoid a missed diagnosis. Untreated glaucoma can lead to permanent damage and blindness.
What is presbyopia? Can laser eye surgery correct it and improve vision?
Presbyopia begins to naturally occur in your 40s and 50s. Eyes become more rigid and can’t as easily focus well on objects that are close up. Laser refractive surgery cannot prevent presbyopia, so even if you have laser eye surgery, you still may end up needing reading glasses.
One laser surgery option to address presbyopia requires one eye to be corrected for distance vision and the other eye for close-up tasks. While the combined effect resembles single vision, you may find it difficult to adjust to having eyes corrected for two different things. Multifocal lenses used in cataract surgery can correct presbyopia.
I suffer from dry eye syndrome. Can I still get laser eye surgery?
While some types of laser eye surgery aren’t completely ruled out, healing may be slower. Because LASIK requires cutting a corneal flap and dry eye is a common side effect, it isn’t recommended for anyone already suffering from severe dry eye.
The Minneapolis Laser Eye Surgery Specialists
I think it’s time for an eye exam. Where can I go to ask about laser vision correction in Minneapolis?
Claris Eye Care & Surgery, located next door to Minneapolis’s renowned Phillips Eye Institute. For over 20 years, Claris’s Dr. Carlson has been performing laser vision correction in Minneapolis, helping patients with
The team at Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minneapolis is equipped to assess your vision and fully inform you about any vision problems you may have due to the natural course of aging. If you’re interested in laser vision correction, Dr. Carlson or one of the ophthalmic nurses can discuss the different types of laser eye surgery with you and whether or not laser eye surgery can help.
Minneapolis laser vision correction and eye care is just a phone call away. Call 612.775.8009 to contact Claris today.