PRESBYOPIA SURGERY OPTIONS
Choosing the best surgical option for presbyopia treatment is very important. Many patients who need surgery for presbyopia will also develop cataracts in the next 10 years. While vision can temporarily be improved with glasses, eventually cataract surgery is required to restore vision.
Surgery for presbyopia involves either monovision LASIK or removing the inflexible natural lens from the eye and replacing it with a new lens that will help you to focus better. This is called a Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). These lenses are called intraocular lenses, or IOLs.
Several types of procedures and IOLs are available. Decisions about which procedure is best for you should be made in consultation with Dr. Oyakawa. The right presbyopia solution for you will depend on your eye health, lifestyle, and personal preferences.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH PRESBYOPIA SURGERY
- Refractive Lens Exchange
- Monovision Lasik Surgery
You can expect to have freedom from glasses in most instances with the reliance on readers occasionally.
LASIK monovision patients can expect good vision until cataracts develop, typically in the 60s and 70s. Many of my patients have been free of glasses for 20 years or more at which time cataract surgery may be recommended.
Refractive lens exchange or refractive cataract surgery patients can expect freedom from glasses except for occasional readers for the rest of their lives unless they develop other medical problems in their eyes.
Contact Torrance ophthalmologist Dr. Ray Oyakawa today to get started!