Why Do You Still Need Reading Glasses After Lasik Surgery?
Why Do You Still Need Reading Glasses After Lasik Surgery?
At its core, Lasik surgery (also commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction) is a technique used to correct many common vision conditions like myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism - just to name a few. It involves the use of a specialized laser by an ophthalmologist that allows this professional to literally reshape the eye's cornea in the way needed to improve visual acuity. For most people, Lasik is a long-term solution to a problem that has been bothering them for a while - acting as a viable way to restore the clarity to their vision that they need when they need it the most.
So why then, after all of that, do you still probably need to keep a pair of reading glasses on your end table at night? Or in the glove compartment in your car? Or on your desk at work?
One of the major reasons why people tend to be surprised by the fact that they'll still need reading glasses after Lasik has to do with a bit of a misconception about the process in the first place. Because of that, getting to the heart of what is really going on here will naturally require you to keep a few key things in mind.
Why You Still Need Reading Glasses After Lasik: Breaking Things Down
Lasik surgery is most commonly performed to correct distance vision and any refractive errors that a patient may be experiencing - like those commonly associated with Presbyopia and other conditions. However, as is true with most things concerning your health, your age plays a hugely significant role in all of this.
The elasticity of our eyes tends to wear down as we age - sadly, there is absolutely no getting around this. Everything usually comes to a head right around the time we hit age 40, which is when most people start battling Presbyopia in the first place. But the essential thing to understand is that this is a natural part of the aging process - your eye simply loses its ability to focus on objects that are up close. Even if you have Lasik surgery at an early age (or even in your late 30s), this is still something that you will eventually have to deal with.
This is why people over the age of 40, whether they've had Lasik surgery or not, still tend to require reading glasses to at least some degree. Even if you have surgery to correct the current condition of your eye and to fix any limitations that are present, your eye is still going to continue to age - just like the rest of your body. So while you may experience significant gains in terms of vision quality and clarity in the new, post-Lasik world that you're living in, that need for reading glasses is probably always going to be there.
According to a wide range of experts, however, if you have Lasik while you're under the age of 40 (like, say, in your 20s), you probably won't require Lasik reading glasses - at least not right away. Your vision will be more or less returned to its normal condition, at which point you can continue to live your life the same way you always have.
However, it's incredibly important to note that this does not mean that the threat of Presbyopia is going to go away. Far from it. Once you hit that magical age of 40, you're still going to deal with the loss of some elasticity in your eye muscles and a pair of reading glasses is probably in your future. This does not mean that the Lasik surgery wasn't successful or that it ultimately wasn't worth the money. As the old saying goes, "it is what it is."
Lasik Reading Glasses: Your Options
Having said all of that, it's equally key to understand that when the time does come for post-Lasik reading glasses, you have a number of options available to you to better fit in with your needs and lifestyle. Many patients prefer adjustable focus reading glasses, like Adlens' own UZOOM glasses or other options, to help correct their vision in the way that they need without requiring them to compromise on all of their favorite hobbies and activities.
Unlike bifocals or even trifocal glasses, adjustable focus reading glasses offer a unique construction that actually features two distinct lenses, essentially one right on top of the other. The glasses themselves have a dial on the side that adjusts the location of these lenses depending on exactly what you're trying to see.
So if you were trying to read that great new book that you just picked up from Amazon and were having a hard time focusing on the small text on the page, you would just adjust the dial until clarity was restored to your vision. If you then wanted to put down that book and focus on the television set a few feet away across the room, you would just adjust the dial again until your vision was clear and you're ready to go.
Adlens also offers a line of all-day reading glasses called Adapt, which feature progressive lenses and an assortment of compatible clips for varying tasks and distances.
In addition to their unique makeup and ease of use, a lot of people love the fact that they only have to worry about a single set of glasses for nearly every type of activity that they might engage in. Never again would you have to deal with multiple pairs of glasses laying around the house, desperately trying to figure out which is the pair you use for reading and which is the pair you put on to thread a needle or play a game.
You get a single set of glasses and the freedom to live your life in the way you've always wanted - it truly doesn't get much better than that.
Adlens: Because Few Things Are More Important Than Your Vision
If you have any additional questions about why you still need reading glasses after a surgery like Lasik, or if you're wondering about whether adjustable focus lenses are the right decision for you at this particular moment, we encourage you to make an appointment with your eye care professional so that you can discuss things in a little more detail.
If you'd like to find out more about Adlens' UZOOM adjustable focus or Adapt all-day reading glasses, or if you have any other questions about the various products we offer, please don't delay - visit us today at www.adlens.com.