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Presbyopia and LASIK


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Have you ever seen someone in a restaurant holding the menu at arms's length to read the meal choices? Or are you finding yourself holding your morning newspaper as far as you can to be able to read today's stories?

This condition is generally called Presbyopia. Presbyopia is the inability to focus on objects that are near to your face, and is often remedied by reading glasses or bifocals. Presbyopia usually develops in older adults, sometime between the ages of 38-42. There are many theories as to how and why Presbyopia occurs. Among the theories include an atrophy of the muscle tissue that holds your corneal lens into place, and continued lifelong growth of your corneal lens.

Unfortunately, if you are suffering from this affliction, and are considering LASIK, Presbyopia sufferers cannot be helped by Conventional LASIK. Even patients who have successfully undergone the LASIK procedure as a young adult still face the risk of being a candidate for Presbyopia as an older adult.

The good news? There are some laser correction procedures that do exist to treat Presbyopia, although they're not known as LASIK. Monovision and Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) are both correctional procedure that allow Presbyopia sufferers to use one eye for sighting things at a distance, and the other eye to sight things nearby.


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