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, the Raindrop Corneal Inlay or with Intra Ocular Implants, and we recommend a consultation to determine which may be best for a given person's eyes.
The best technique for Near Vision depends on several factors, including patient age, historical vision, health of the corena and natural lens, and lifestyle preferences. We recommend an individualized approach.
Presbyopia: Why We Lose Near Vision
People with normal vision when they were young 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.
Monovision: One Eye Near, One Eye Far
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. Most patients do very well with monovision.
In people who are nearsighted and around the age of 40 – 45, correcting both eyes with LASIK, PRK or SMILE 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 or have a Raindrop Inlay.
Raindrop Inlay: Eyes Work Together with a Boost of Near
We are pleased to offer a new solution for presbyopia. This exciting recently approved procedure is called the "Raindrop Corneal Inlay" and you can read more about it HERE. It was being performed as a study in our clinic but it is no longer a study as it has been approved by the FDA! It is being offered as an option for patients with good distance vision but require reading assistance. Click here for more information! Dr. Slade was the first in the US to use the Raindrop lens on August 30th, 2016. The procedure was live streamed with surgeries that morning from our clinic in Houston, TX! Visit our blog from that day for more info on this very exciting FIRST for us!
Refractive Lens Exchange: Advanced Optics Inside the Eye
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.
Patients who have significant cataracts are not candidates for LASIK, SMILE, or PRK. 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.
An Individualized Approach
As you can see, there are many ways to achieve better near vision. We suggest seeing our doctors to discuss what gives you the best chance for successfully "seeing young again."
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