Can Presbyopia Still Happen After LASIK?

Ophthalmologist & LASIK Surgeon Serving Chicago, Lombard & Naperville areas of Illinois

Posted: August 26, 2019

Older woman with clear vision after LASIK and KAMRALASIK is a procedure that could give you a new outlook on life if you're tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses every day. It can correct conditions such as nearsightedness and farsightedness to help give you clear, hassle-free vision. Unfortunately, LASIK doesn't make you immune to age-related vision issues.

Dr. Richard Foulkes is one of Chicago's premier LASIK surgeons. He has performed more than 48,000 LASIK procedures in his career. He wants his patients to get the most out of their laser eye surgery and keep their clear vision throughout their lives. This blog breaks down the causes of presbyopia, the age-related decline in vision, and how Dr. Foulkes can help treat it.

What is Presbyopia?

Your eyes create an image when light rays enter through your corneas. The corneas refract light to allow it to pass through your pupils, which enlarge and shrink to let in more or less light. After light passes through your pupils, it hits your lenses. The lens is a flexible structure that functions exactly like a camera lens. It changes shape to allow you to focus on objects closer or farther away.

Presbyopia is caused when your lenses harden with age. This makes them less flexible, and as they lose their ability to change shape, they can't focus as well on close-up objects. Those objects then appear out-of-focus. Presbyopia begins affecting most people around age 40. Nearly 2 billion people worldwide are estimated to suffer from it.

Can LASIK Prevent Presbyopia?

Unfortunately, nothing can prevent presbyopia. Everyone, whether they have perfect vision, have undergone LASIK, or wear glasses and contacts, will experience age-related vision decline.

LASIK involves reshaping your corneas to help them refract light more effectively. This does not affect the way your lenses adjust to focus light. Many LASIK patients end up needing some form of vision correction later in life to deal with presbyopia.

Treat Presbyopia With the KAMRA™ Inlay

Many people with presbyopia turn to reading glasses, bifocals, or progressive lenses to help them see closer objects with more clarity. If you underwent LASIK because you wanted to ditch glasses and contacts, though, that might not appeal to you.

Fortunately, Dr. Foulkes offers a procedure that can keep you glasses-free throughout your life: the KAMRA Inlay. In just one 15-minute outpatient procedure, Dr. Foulkes can implant the KAMRA inlay over your cornea.Older man running after KAMRA Inlay

Dr. Foulkes will use laser technology to place the inlay gently in your non-dominant eye. This way, your distance vision in your dominant eye is unaffected.

Contact Our Chicago Ophthalmologist Today

Dr. Foulkes is a board-certified surgeon with more than 20 years of experience. He is dedicated to helping his patients attain clear vision for life. He serves Lombard, Naperville, Downers Grove, and surrounding areas of Chicago. Call (630) 724-1400 today to schedule a consultation.