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I had the opportunity recently to give a talk about refractive surgery to the biggest LASIK medical practice in Canada. I flew in and was talking to a gentleman who of course had questions when I told him our practice did Lasik. He was 60 years old and wearing bifocal glasses. H said he wanted to get Lasik, but was unsure if it would work for him because of his age.
The problem is when you’re 60 years old is your lens is changing. This is why when you’re over 40 years old you start to need reading glasses. The lens or crystalline lens has cells that are growing. The lens is getting harder and you lose the ability to zoom in up close as you have more birthdays. I told him that LASIK wouldn’t be the best option, but there is another procedure called the Laser Lens Treatment where you use a laser to break up those cells and then you just put a lens. What’s crazy is that lens can correct your far vision, up close vision, and even intermediate vision. He was shocked. So shocked I was laughing at his shock. His next question was what how long is it going to last? I said forever. Granted, as long as his current eye is healthy, he didn’t have any new onset ocular trauma, or any other ocular disease that starts. He again was shocked and said. “No Way!”
I told him once you take out the lens those lenses aren’t going to change anymore, because you have taken out those lens cells. You’re not even going to get a cataract. He was so shocked.
I loved having that conversation with him. There’s so many people out there who still don’t know that the Laser Lens Treatment can get rid of their glasses and contacts especially if they’re over the age of 50. If you’ve waited to have Lasik it’s OK. There may be a procedure that works better for you both in the short term and in the long term.
The laser allows for a quick visual recovery Most people drive to their one day postop appointment. If you want to know more about this, come in for a consult, we’d love to talk to see if this is right for you!