Near Vision Solutions
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Slade & Baker Vision Center specializes in helping patients see young again by providing them with a full range of vision without glasses or contact lenses. This can be accomplished with contact lenses, laser vision correction or with Intra Ocular Implants.
If a person had normal vision when they were young, they could easily shift their focus from near objects to distant objects, seeing clearly at all distances. But around the age of 40 – 45, the lens inside the eye begins to lose its ability to change focus and most people become dependent on reading glasses or bi-focal lenses to see close objects. This condition is called presbyopia.
One of the Near Vision procedures we perform is called monovision or blended vision. Monovision is created when one eye (usually the dominant eye) is corrected for clear distant vision while the other eye is corrected for clear near vision. The visual cortex of the brain learns to only pay attention to the image that it wants to see in focus and ignore the image that is not in clear focus. Most people who have monovision are able to see well enough at all distances to do things at any age without corrective lenses.You may be using this now with contact lenses. If so, you can likely have the same correction with LASIK.
In a person who is nearsighted and around the age of 40 – 45, correcting both eyes with LASIK or PRK to see clearly for distance vision means they would probably become dependent on reading glasses to see up close unless they have the monovision procedure.
We currently have a study providing near vision solutions to patients with presbyopia. This clinical trial is called the "Presbylens" study and you can read more about it under our clinical trials tab. It is performed at no cost to patients. Click here for more information. ***We are currently not enrolling for this study. Please check back with us to see when enrollment will begin again.
For slightly older patients around the age of 55 – 60, the lens inside the eye is usually showing signs of cataracts. For this age group, removal of the natural lens inside the eye with a procedure called Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) can be a better alternative to laser vision correction. After the natural lens is removed, there are a number of Intra Ocular Lens options that can provide patients with a full range of vision. These options include: monovision with monofocal IOLs or one of the more advanced multifocal or accommodating IOLs such as ReSTOR or Crystalens.
Patient who have significant cataracts are not candidates for laser vision correction. Instead, they should have cataract surgery to restore vision. The same IOL options are available to cataract patients as they are for refractive lens exchange patients.