Presbyopia & LASIK

Presbyopia is the normal aging of the eye. It is a natural change that will eventually happen to everyone, whether you have LASIK or not.

LASIK cannot correct Presbyopia.

Generally, after the age of 40, people begin to lose the ability focus on near objects.  Holding objects at an arm’s length to focus is one of the early signs that your eyes are aging and that you are becoming presbyopic.

As people age, the lens and the muscles that help to focus the lens become stiffer and less elastic.  The lens becomes increasingly unable to focus on near objects.

The use of magnifying lenses can help make things look larger and clearer for a presbyopic patient.  Over-the-counter reading glasses are an easy solution to help with near vision.

These glasses come in varying degrees of magnification +1.00, +1.50, +2.00, etc.  The need for magnification will increase as you get older.  While a +1.00 may work for a 45-year old, someone aged 60 may need more magnification and use +2.50 lens.