Chances are if you are reading this, you are over the age of 40 and have noticed that not only can you not see far away, but now you can’t see close up either. This can be very frustrating! Well, Dr. Mozayeni has good news for you.
Not being able to see up close is called Presbyopia, Presby for short. Presbyopia is the gradual and inevitable loss of focusing at near, which is most noticeable in your early to mid forties. Until now typically the choices would be:
- Readers over contacts
- Bifocal glasses
- Mulifocal glasses
- Monovision LASIK
- PRK LASIK
- Lens replacement (Restor, Rezoom, Crystalens)
But now Dr. Mozayeni can offer you another choice: Presbyopic Multifocal LASIK (also known as Presby-LASIK and PML).
Presby-LASIK is a method of performing LASIK to counteract this decline in near vision. Presby-LASIK is not FDA approved but keep reading to learn about how long it has been performed worldwide. Providence Eye & Laser Specialists is proud to be the first to offer it in the Charlotte region.
During your comprehensive consultation Dr. Mozayeni and his staff will carefully look at dozens of characteristics about your vision, the health of your eye, and your entire body. Some of these characteristics include but are not limited to:
- Your age
- The sturcture of your cornea
- Status of your distance and near vision
- Results of multiple tests conducted during your exam
Presby-LASIK is not like Monovision, where one eye is designed for near and the other for distance, but rather both eyes are corrected so that they can focus at distance and near.
Although not many eye surgeons in the United States offer Presby-LASIK, and it is not currently FDA approved in this country, it is not a new procedure. Presby-LASIK to correct reading vision has been performed in Europe and has been approved by the European Union since 2005 using the same lasers offered by Dr. Mozayeni here in Charlotte. So although Presby-LASIK is not FDA approved, the laser used to perform the procedure is FDA approved to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Using a device in this manner is considered “off label” and allowed under the direction of a licensed physician.
How it works and what the laser does is a very complex process, but ultimately the goal is to correct distance vision (if needed) while improving near vision to reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. Some people need only their reading vision corrected and others need both distance and near corrected. Presby-LASIK can help with either situation.
Presby-LASIK is an exciting alternative to reading glasses. Prior to offering Presby-LASIK to his patients, Dr. Mozayeni spent a great deal of time researching the results of other surgeons and personally reached out to several colleagues from coast to coast to discuss the procedure. The lasers utilized to perform Presby-LASIK are not new to our facility. The Allegretto Laser has a solid track record of safety and results since 2004. This laser has had multiple upgrades since then with the most recent addition of the Allegretto Eye-Q Laser in June of 2009 and the Allegretto FS 200 in 2011.
If your reading vision is not what it was when you were younger and you are looking for a possible laser correction solution, click on our contact form so we can schedule your Complimentary consultation.