New Options for Achieving Quality Vision without Glasses Brought to You by NV Eye Surgery

Patients tell me that the golden years might not be all that they are cracked up to be. This may be true for some parts of the body, but my experience as an eye surgeon is that men and women older than 55 can achieve precise and crisp vision, in many cases without glasses. Cataracts typically start to develop in the 50s and 60s, and most people have cataract surgery in their 70s and 80s. Although it sounds scary to have cataract surgery, it is life-changing for many people. Modern cataract surgery is a painless 15-minute outpatient procedure. Removing the cataract not only improves the quality of vision, but the new lens placed in the eye during the operation can be set to any distance, replacing the need for glasses and contact lenses. Many of my patients say they see better than they have seen since they were teenagers! Laser-assisted cataract surgery now offers an even more precise way to remove a cataract as well as treat astigmatism to provide the best possible vision without glasses.

What if you want to see better without glasses, but you have lived a healthy lifestyle, and you are 65 and don’t have any cataract developing? The good news is that the same high-technology procedure is available to this group as well. A Refractive Lens Exchange is merely a “cataract surgery” done on a patient who only has a mild cataract yet desires to achieve clear vision without glasses. There is no need to wait for another 15 years for a full cataract to develop to have surgery if you are motivated to achieve better vision now. Since it’s not medically necessary, insurance does not cover it, but it can be surprisingly affordable. Believe it or not, LASIK is not an excellent option for most people older than 55. The reason LASIK is not a good option is the natural lens in the eye changes power as a mild cataract starts to develop. Therefore a 60-year-old who has LASIK is likely to need glasses again within just a few years. Be careful, because some unscrupulous LASIK surgeons may not adhere to this advice and will offer LASIK to any willing pocketbook. One group who may benefit from LASIK is people who had cataract surgery but surprisingly still need to wear glasses. In this situation, a LASIK or PRK “touch-up” can often get the vision without glasses back to 20/20. Since cataract surgery has already been done, the LASIK treatment should last for many years to come.