Am I too old to have laser vision correction?

Patients often have the misconception that they are “too old” to benefit from having laser vision correction.

We treat patients from 20 years of age to 90 years, if required. Across this broad age spectrum different procedures would suit different age groups. Someone in their 20’s might have SMILE®, someone in their 50’s might have Presbyond and someone in their 80’s might have a post cataract touch up with LASIK or PRK, so you see there is something for everyone with eye laser correction.

Solutions for Presbyopia

The confusion is often when patients become Presbyopic (lost your ability to read up close), this happens to everyone around the age of 45 to 50 regardless of previous laser surgery in the past. Presbyopia is due to the loss of flexibility of the natural intraocular lens. Patients who have laser vision correction before the age of 45 will also start to need to wear reading glasses as they gradually lose the natural ability to accommodate.

There are solutions for patients over the age of 50 and these are tailored to your specific needs. Presbyond offers blended vision, and allows you to see up close, mid range and distance vision, it is a fabulous treatment to eliminate the daily routine of looking for your glasses.

Other options

Another option is clear lens extraction with multifocal lens implants.

There may also be cataract or other eye conditions which would influence the outcome of laser surgery, all of this important information and is discovered at your consultation. If a cataract is present, then it may be better to have the cataract surgery in the first instance which may correct all the visual changes.

Our eyes do change as we get older and it’s important that you exclude Glaucoma, Macular degeneration of any other eye disease associated with age before proceeding with any corrective surgery.

“Dry eyes” are common following any eye surgery. We pay careful attention to the tear film before going ahead with any surgery as a poor tear film will influence visual outcomes and patient satisfaction following any eye surgery. Dry eyes can also result in ongoing patient discomfort following surgery, so getting the tear film healthy is a critical part of the surgery.

If required Eye Laser Specialists will refer you to our EyeSpa for a complete workup and analysis of your tear film and eye glands.

IN summary, you are never too old to have a laser vision correction.

All surgical procedures carry a small risk of complication, these are discussed in detail at the time of your consultation.

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About the expert

Dr Anton van Heerden, MBCHB; FRANZCO
Ophthalmologist & Laser Eye Surgeon

Based in Melbourne, but with a reputation that transcends borders, Dr Van Heerden sets the highest bar for laser vision correction surgery in Australia. While his skills and experience are second to none, it is his fun, caring and down to earth nature that truly set’s him apart from the rest. You can sit back and enjoy the journey knowing every detail has been carefully considered.

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