Is Laser treatment just for the Young is a common misconception as we often associate laser treatment with young adults. The patients you are eager to warn that they will have fantastic vision must be aware it will not be the end to spectacles. Presbyopia will hit and reading spectacles will be needed.
It does not have to be so restrictive. Practitioners often think of monovision for their contact lens patients and the same can easily be considered for a presbyopic patients wanting to have refractive surgery but may not want to have clear lens exchange treatment. There are plenty of people currently in a monovision correction who may be tiring of their contact lenses for one reason or another. These patients are easily treated with laser as we already know they are well adapted.
There are numerous spectacle wearers that are fed up with glasses. Monovision can be a great solution for those patients who are not suitable for multifocal IOLs. Consider those with great distance vision who are constantly frustrated with reading spectacles. They may only need one eye treated and myopes who may only need to laser to correct one eye for the distance. This solution can be versatile.
Patient suitable for laser eye surgery?
It’s easy to check if they will be suitable for monovision, trial them with contact lenses. See how they adapt, best to give it 2-4 weeks and all being good send them over to us on Harley Street and we can check if their eyes are suitable for surgery.
So next time you see a patient already in monovision for a contact lens aftercare complaining of reduced wearing time in their contact lenses think of laser treatment. It may be the best advice they have ever received and will thank you for it.