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WHY DO PEOPLE OVER AGE 40 NEED READING GLASSES?

Some patients with presbyopia but without a cataract may choose a clear lens exchange (PHASER SURGERY) to improve their vision. PHASER (PHaco Assissted Surgical Extraction and Replacement) involves removing the eye's natural lens and replacing it with either a Multifocal or Monofocal lens implant. PHASER, using the multifocal lens implant, is the only refractive procedure that can recreate the eye's ability to see clearly in the distance and up close without glasses—for life. (NOTE: most refractive surgery procedures last only until you get cataracts. PHASER prevents you from ever getting cataracts.)


Presbyopia (nearsighted)

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Some patients with presbyopia but without a cataract may choose a clear lens exchange (PHASER SURGERY) to improve their vision. PHASER (PHaco Assissted Surgical Extraction and Replacement) involves removing the eye's natural lens and replacing it with either a Multifocal or Monofocal lens implant. PHASER, using the multifocal lens implant, is the only refractive procedure that can recreate the eye's ability to see clearly in the distance and up close without glasses—for life. (NOTE: most refractive surgery procedures last only until you get cataracts. PHASER prevents you from ever getting cataracts.)
Phaser surgery and cataract surgery are very similar surgical procedures, but, there are some important differences between the two procedures that are necessary for you to understand so that you can make the very best possible decision.
Patients with cataracts experience increasing loss of vision due to the progressive clouding of the natural lens of the eye. When the vision decreases to the point that quality of life is affected, a cataract extraction with intraocular lens is recommended. If cataract surgery is not performed the vision will continue to worsen. For this reason, cataract surgery is considered medically necessary and most of the surgery is usually covered by an insurance plan.
PHASER patients don't wait for a cataract to form. Patients choose PHASER surgery instead of LASIK surgery  for two main reasons.
1.    They are over age 45 and do not want to wear reading glasses
2.    They are at an age where cataracts are likely to develop

PHASER

PHASER Vision correction for patients over 45 years old Why do people over age 45 need reading glasses? Like a camera, the eye has a lens which allows you to adjust your depth of focus. Until middle age, the lens is flexible, giving you the ability to see both up close and in the distance. At around age 40, the lens loses its flexibility and you lose your ability to focus up close. This loss of flexibility in the eye’s lens is called presbyopia. LASIK vision correction does not affect the lens of the eye. Therefore most people who have LASIK surgery need reading glasses after age 40. (SEE PRESBYOPIA VIDEO For More Details)

PHASER (PHaco Assissted Surgical Extraction and Replacement) also called CLE (Clear Lens Extraction) involves removing the eye's natural lens and replacing it with either a Multifocal or Monofocal lens implant. PHASER, using the multifocal lens implant, is the only refractive procedure that can recreate the eye's ability to see clearly in the distance and up close without glasses—for life. (NOTE: most refractive surgery procedures last only until you get cataracts. PHASER prevents you from ever getting cataracts.)

Is PHASER better than LASIK?

Each procedure has its advantages and disadvantages. LASIK is quicker, easier and safer than PHASER. LASIK is more precise than PHASER. However, LASIK patients over age 45 will need glasses to see up close (unless they have monovision). PHASER is a more “permanent” solution than LASIK. (Later in life, cataracts will affect vision in people who have had LASIK. Cataracts cannot occur in people who have had PHASER. In a “best-case’ scenario” PHASER can give slightly better vision than LASIK. However, on average, LASIK patients have slightly better vision than PHASER patients. (The eye’s natural lens is actually slightly cloudy. The synthetic lenses used in PHASER surgery are clear and therefore they have the potential to give better vision than patients had with their glasses. However, LASIK is more precise than PHASER, so the average LASIK patient has better vision than the average PHASER patient.)

Can LASIK be combined with PHASER?

Not only can LASIK be used in combination with PHASER, but it is sometimes necessary to perform both LASIK and PHASER surgery on some patients. PHASER surgery cannot correct astigmatism. Patients with astigmatism usually require LASIK afterwards to achieve their optimum vision. In addition, if a touch up is required after PHASER, this is best performed using LASIK. NOTE: There is no charge for LASIK should it be required after PHASER!