Presbyopia Surgery Questions and Answers
Q&A: If my main problem is astigmatism, how do I decide if and when (age-wise) to have LASIK eye surgery?
Dear sir, I am considering having lasik surgery done to clear up my astigmatism. I read that if I have a certain type of vision problem, that often when a person gets older and starts to lose his vision do to age, the two problems being the oposite of each other balance themselves out. If I have this certain type of vision problem and have lasik surgery done, then when I get older and start to lose my vision due to age, the two problems will not balance each other out because I would have already eliminated one of the problems. Therefore I will be left with a vision problem due to old age and once again continue to have to use glasses. The story I read did not explain exactly which vision problem it was that balances itself with age so I can check if it is the problem I have. Is all this true? Can you explain a little more in detail how this balancing process works and if i'm better off waiting ? I'm 31 years old now. Thank you very much. Tobias Maes
If astigmatism is your main problem, and if you need glasses for most or all tasks at distance and near, then you are not losing much. Presbyopia affects everyone ~40 y/o and gets worse with age. You will have to deal with it wether you have LASIK or not. People with low amounts of myopia (with little or no astigmatism) can take their glasses off to read. Those people need to understand that having their distance vision corrected means they will need glasses for reading. The best way to decide is to think about when you would prefer to wear glasses.
-- Byron Stratas, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Wilmington, North Carolina