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LASIK For Everyone – Ages 61+

April 4, 2017

Your golden years should be a time that you treasure and hopefully spend enjoying in retirement. If you’re over the age of 60, however, you may be facing issues with your vision, which can change and deteriorate as you age. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll be stuck with reading glasses and blurry vision throughout your retirement. You have plenty of options when it comes to improving your vision, including LASIK eye surgery.

Even if you’ve been living with poor eyesight your entire life, it’s never too late to make a change and enjoy your vision without the use of corrective lenses. LASIK is certainly one option, and it can provide you with the excellent eyesight that will help you enjoy those golden retirement years with your friends and family by your side.

But as we age, many people find that their vision is changing, and that they are suffering from presbyopia, or age related farsightedness. As you age, your eye’s lens naturally begins to stiffen, making it harder to focus on nearby objects. To compensate for this difficulty, many people rely on reading glasses and bifocals. If you’re someone who relies heavily on these corrective lenses just to go about your day, then you may be a good candidate for refractive lens exchange.

The procedure is exactly what it sounds like. Your eye’s natural lens will be removed, and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens that will help you focus better and reduce refractive error. Depending on your unique situation, you’ll require one of three different artificial lenses.

A multifocal IOL is a lens that will provide you with clear vision at varying distances. An extended range Symfony  Toric IOL provides patients who have a significant amount of astigmatism with clear distance vision and near. Accommodating IOLs are lenses that let you focus at multiple distances by shifting position in the eye. We’ll be able to decide which option is best for you depending on your vision needs.

You’ll certainly be glad that you have your new IOLs once the procedure is over. For one thing, many patients no longer have to worry about getting cataracts. That’s because the artificial lenses don’t age like your natural lenses. Everyone will eventually develop cataracts, and more than half of Americans will have a cataract by age 60. So why not kill two birds with one stone and drastically improve your vision while keeping cataracts at bay?

And remember, when you come to OCLI, your laser eye surgery will be performed with a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser—a tool that provides the gentlest, most precise care possible for our patients.

Growing older doesn’t have to mean slowing down and stopping activities that you used to love, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to poor eyesight for the rest of your life. There are plenty of options available to you for correcting your vision, so call today and let’s get you started on the path towards clear, healthy eyesight!

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