As you get older, you may find yourself holding books and newspapers further away to help you read properly. This is called presbyopia. It is caused by the lenses in your eyes stiffening with age and becoming less able to change shape to focus properly.
You can have laser eye surgery to help with presbyopia, but it’s done a little differently. Your eye surgeon can treat one eye to improve close vision and the other so that it focuses well for distance vision. This is called monovision.
Monovision doesn’t suit everyone. So, your eye surgeon is likely to suggest that you try it out with contact lenses before deciding to have the treatment.
You don’t need to have a stable lens prescription to have this treatment if you have presbyopia. The prescription tends to change year on year, as your lens stiffens further.
Your eye surgeon will take this into account when they treat you.
Depending on your age, there are other possible treatments including lens replacement. Before deciding, talk to a recommended eye surgeon to discuss your options.
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