20/20 Institute may be able to offer you clearer vision without glasses for some issues with your vision as you age*

Understanding Age-related Vision Changes1
Just like your body, your eyes and vision change over time. Aging changes in various parts of the eye can result in a number of noticeable differences in how well you see. While not everyone will experience the same level of symptoms, the following are common age-related vision changes:

Need for More Light
As you age, you need more light to see as well as you did in years past. Brighter lights in your work area or next to your reading chair will help make reading and other near tasks easier.

Difficulty Reading and Doing Close Work
Printed materials are not as clear as before, in part because the lens in your eye becomes less flexible with time. This makes it harder for your eyes to focus near objects with the same ability you had when you were younger.

Problems with Glare
You may notice additional glare from headlights at night or sun reflecting off of windshields or pavement during the day, making it more difficult to drive. Changes within the lens in your eye cause light entering the eye to be scattered rather than focused precisely on the retina, thus creating more glare.

Changes in Color Perception
The normally clear lens located inside your eye may start to discolor making it harder to see and distinguish between certain shades of colors.

Reduced Tear Production
With age, the tear glands in your eyes will produce fewer tears. This is particularly true for women after menopause. As a result, your eyes may feel dry and irritated. Having an adequate amount of tears is an essential element in keeping your eyes healthy and maintaining clear sight.


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Vision Correction Options

Everyone’s eyes are unique. The key to finding the right procedure for you is to find a surgeon who is qualified to evaluate patients for a variety of surgical options. At 20/20 Institute, our independent doctors will use their vast expertise in laser vision correction to help you find the right fit for your eyes.

Monovision LASIK or PRK

For patients 40 years and older who are discussing and planning for presbyopia (loss of the ability to focus on near objects with age). Monovision or Blended Vision is the technique of purposely setting the vision-correction goal of one of the patient’s eyes (usually their dominate eye) for 20/20 at distance and the other eye (usually their non-dominant eye) for near or reading tasks. Many patients find this a very acceptable way to minimize the need for reading glasses. Every patient should discuss the details of their particular situation with their doctor. Also, it is recommended that the doctor and patient set up a monovision trial where the patient can “test drive” the proposed technique prior to the procedures being performed.

Wavefront (guided or optimized) LASIK treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism (low-order aberrations) while at the same time accounts for the unique imperfections or attributes of each person’s visual system (high-order aberrations.)  Most experts agree that in general, Wavefront (guided or optimized) LASIK provides the patient with a better visual result and a better quality of vision than the conventional (standard or traditional) LASIK. Side effects like dryness, glare, halos around lights and other quality of vision symptoms can accompany the healing process. Most of these symptoms resolve over time; however, in some cases these quality of vision issues can be permanent. Night vision is where a patient usually benefits the most from Wavefront LASIK. The FDA recommends this link for more information about LASIK and its risks and complications: Click Here.

PRK (Photo Refractive Keratectomy)

An alternative laser vision correction procedure similar to LASIK, commonly known as PRK.

PRK (like LASIK) can be provided to a patient utilizing conventional or Wavefront laser technology.  The difference in PRK is that instead of fashioning a flap, as done during the first step of LASIK, the ophthalmologist accesses the cornea by carefully removing the skin of the cornea (the corneal epithelium). Some doctors prefer PRK for patients with thinner corneas. PRK also eliminates the risk associated with corneal flap creation. PRK has similar visual outcome results and safety profiles as LASIK. Some occupations require a patient to have PRK instead of LASIK, so you should check to be sure you understand your occupational vision correction requirements before choosing any procedure. PRK, however, has a much slower visual recovery than LASIK, which is why most patients and doctors choose LASIK over PRK. The FDA does not provide a specific PRK risks page, but recommends this link for more information about LASIK and its risks and complications: Click Here

1 -Source- American Optometric Association, http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/good-vision-throughout-life/adult-vision-19-to-40-years-of-age/adult-vision-41-to-60-years-of-age?sso=y#1