There are many reasons why patients are dissatisfied with eyeglasses.
- Eyeglasses distort or block peripheral vision.
- They may become scratched, smudged, or foggy.
- They can exert pressure on your nose and ears.
- They can fall off during sports or activities.
- Adjusting to the bifocal or progressive segment can be very difficult.
Recently, I have had a lot of patients express their frustration with eyeglasses. Usually, the problems involves a problem with the bifocal or progressive segment. Often, these patients ask if they are candidates for LASIK or if there is any way they can reduce or eliminate their need for glasses. With this in mind, I decided to summarize some basic options for patients who are looking to see the world clearly without any glasses.
LASIK is a great option for patients who are looking to correct their distance vision. In this process, a laser is used to re-shape the Cornea (front part of the eye). This allows perfectly clear vision and can eliminate the need for glasses or contacts.
In patients who need some additional reading help such as a bifocal or progressive segment, the LASIK measurements can be set for “mono-vision” which allows patients to see clearly up close and in the distance.
There is much more information about “How it works”, “Pro’s and Con’s” and “Cost” in the LASIK section. Feel free to check it out.
In eyes that are Myopic (nearsighted) or Hyperopic (farsighted), the eye’s natural lens has either too much or too little power relative to its size. The result of this is blurred vision. In “Lens Exchange”, the eye’s natural lens is replaced with a synthetic lens which is designed specifically for your eye. As a result, patients have clear vision after a lens exchange without the need for contact lenses or glasses. All of this is done through a self-sealing micro-incision that is often created with a laser.
An added benefit of Lens exchange is that clear vision at distance and up-close may be obtained with a Premium implant. In addition, cataract surgery will never be required in the future since your natural, aging lens has already been replaced!
There are risks and benefits to every procedure. If you are interested in saying ‘Goodbye’ to glasses, please see an Ophthalmologist who will do a thorough exam and complete the necessary testing to see if you are an appropriate candidate for either of these procedures.