Q: I’m 49, nearsighted and my glasses keep fogging up with wearing a mask during COVID. I can’t wear contacts and want to get LASIK. Is that the best surgical vision correction option for my age?
A: Yes, wearing a mask and glasses can be a problem as they fog up. At 49 years of age, it’s likely you also have presbyopia, which almost everyone gets around 40-45 years old. Presbyopia is the loss of near vision/reading vision and can only be treated by wearing reading glasses or bifocals. If you are OK with readers, LASIK will most likely be the best surgical vision correction option for you. If you don’t want to wear readers, then a procedure called refractive lens exchange might be best. Refractive Lens Exchange or RLE is basically the same procedure as cataract surgery, as where the surgeon removes your eyes natural lens and replaces it with a new lens. These days, surgeons have options such as multifocal and trifocal lenses that may allow patients to see at all distances, even up close, with little or no dependence on glasses. Patients that get RLE, never have to get cataract surgery in the future, as the surgeon is removing the lens that will most likely turn into a cataract after the age of 65. Schedule a consultation today to find out which option would be best for you!