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LASIK over 40

Get your best LASIK vision at Artisan Optics in Boise Idaho

 

The changing demographics in the United States is effecting all areas of healthcare, including LASIK. People are living longer. They are healthier and more active than previous generations. The numbers of both plastic surgery and LASIK procedures are on the increase, and especially popular among people over 50.

 

 

Enjoy your glasses free life with LASIK from Artisan Optics in Boise Idaho

 

 

Location

Children 0-18

Adults 19-25

Adults 26-34

Adults 35-44

Adults 45-54

Adults 55-64

65+

Total

United States

25%

10%

12%

13%

14%

13%

15%

100%

Idaho

29%

9%

11%

12%

15%

11%

13%

100%

 

As in the United States as a whole, Idaho is also seeing an increase in the numbers of adults aged 35+, with the greatest increase in adults 45+ years of age. Many of these adults are ideal candidates for laser vision correction.

 

As we discussed in earlier blogs, LASIK is a type of laser eye surgery designed to treat:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia), in which you see nearby objects clearly, but distant objects are blurry

  • Farsightedness (hyperopia), in which you can see far objects clearly, but nearby objects are blurry

  • Astigmatism, which causes overall blurry vision

 

LASIK was introduced in the United States over 20 years ago, and millions of Americans have had LASIK eye surgery to correct their vision. Over this period of time, LASIK has proven to have very high success rates with excellent safety records.

 

For individuals who are 40 years of age and above, and anyone considering LASIK, it is important to have realistic expectations. LASIK can make it possible for most people to perform everyday tasks without wearing glasses or contact lenses. However, for those who are hoping to achieve perfect vision and become completely free of the need to wear glasses or contact lenses, this may not be a realistic expectation – especially for those 40 years of age and above.

 

For people over 40, and a part of the natural aging process, the loss of the ability to focus up close (presbyopia) becomes more noticeable. To better understand the effects of presbyopia, think of vision as three (3) different vision zones.

  • Zone 1: Far away or distance vision. The zone we use when driving, looking down the isles at the grocery store, or watching a performance at the theater.

  • Zone 2: Mid-range. The zone we use when working on the computer, viewing the speedometer, or reading sheet music when playing the piano.

  • Zone 3: Reading or close-up vision. The zone we use when reading a book, reading nutritional labels, or sewing.

 

People under 40 usually have the ability to effortlessly change focus over all three vision zones. Typically around age 40 individuals begin to experience presbyopia, and notice a need to use reading glasses (readers, cheaters, magnifiers) to see clearly in zone 3 (reading or close-up vision).

 

Around age 50 people begin to notice a decrease in clarity of zone 2 vision (mid-range). For most, the use of reading glasses is no longer sufficient and cannot effectively correct both zone 1 and zone 2 vision.

 

For those who are 40 and above and interested in having LASIK, it is important to consider:

  • Monovision (which was discussed in an earlier blog): Corrects the dominant eye for zone 1 (distance vision) and the non-dominant eye for zone 3 (reading distance). The brain adapts and learns to use the eyes independently of one another, rather than together.

  • Distance vision correction (zone 1): In this treatment technique, both eyes are corrected for distance (zone 1) vision; allowing the brain to continue to use both eyes together.

 

Following LASIK, and in particular for those individuals who have zone 1 (distance vision correction), many people enjoy the benefits of using an eyeglass lens specifically designed for both zone 2 (mid-range) and zone 3 (near / reading range) vision correction. This allows the individual to be “glasses free” the majority of the time; and use glasses only when working on the computer, reading or with some hobbies.

 

Following LASIK, if someone says their vision has gotten worse they are usually referring to their reading or mid-range vision. Again, this is due to the natural aging process which occurs in everyone - with or without LASIK. Statistically, fewer than 5% of LASIK patients experience a regression in nearsightedness over a 10 year period following LASIK. It is important to mention, that with the LASIK technology used even five years ago, there was a higher incidence of regression resulting from the technique in which the cornea was reshaped. Bladed LASIK procedures using microkeratomes were also much more common in the past. The use of a microkeratome increases the incidence of corneal abrasion to approximately 2%. However, as the age of the patient increases so does the incidence of corneal abrasion resulting from the use of a microkeratome; to approximately 5%.

 

There are also overall health, as well as eye and vision conditions to consider. A few of these considerations include:

  • Stable vision prescription

  • No evidence of a cataract

  • Pre-existing disease

  • Medication side effects

  • The vision correction technology: IntraLase (blade-free) vs microkeratome (blade)

 

In an era when baby-boomers are redefining aging; it is more apparent than ever before that age is nothing more than a number. There is no reason that people 40 years of age and above shouldn't consider the benefits of LASIK.

 

Scheduling a complimentary LASIK screening and consultation is the only way to know if you are a candidate for LASIK; and which procedure is recommended based on your lifestyle and outcome expectations.

Check out our other LASIK blogs:
LASIK Screenings

LASIK: Eliminating Glare & Halos
PRK versus LASIK
Monovision LASIK
Custom LASIK
iLASIK

Different Lasers
Preparing for LASIK
LASIK Recovery

 

You don't have to be under 40 years of age to enjoy LASIK vision from Artisan Optics in Boise Idaho

Posted by Artisan Optics at 8/4/2016 12:31:00 AM
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