Ask the Doctor – Nov. 5, 2010

Q: I’m over 40 and would like to correct my vision. Am I a candidate for LASIK surgery?

A: Patients under 40 are generally good candidates for LASIK, but for patients over 40, LASIK may not be able to fully correct vision, as eye conditions that can’t be corrected by LASIK may be present. These eye conditions include presbyopia, known as the far-sightedness of aging, and cataract formation, when the lens starts to cloud up. For presbyopia, there are ways to “trick” your eyes, such as LASIK monovision (one eye is near-sighted and the other is far-sighted), but overall vision is still unavoidably compromised.
A procedure called PRELEX may be a better choice for you if you are over 40 and experience cataract formation. This new lens-implant technology provides correction of both near and distance vision, as well as the elimination of cataracts. Be sure to discuss these options with an eye doctor experienced in both procedures to determine which one is best for you.

J. Trevor WoodhamsJ. Trevor Woodhams, M.D.
Founder
Woodhams Eye Clinic

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