Stoney Creek Eye Care & Eyewear Boutique - Dr. L Bahoshy & Assoc.
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How Laser Eye Surgery For Presbyopia Works

Laser eye surgery can correct several common vision problems, but the process is different for every application. Many people undergo laser eye surgery for presbyopia each year, which differs from laser eye surgery for other conditions.

What happens if you get laser eye surgery to correct presbyopia? How long will recovery take, and what risks are involved? Don’t worry; we’re about to answer all those questions. Our practice has spent years providing laser eye surgery consultation for patients with a variety of conditions, and we’re happy to clear up the mysteries surrounding this useful procedure.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia occurs when the lens in your eye becomes more rigid with age. As the lens loses flexibility, it becomes less able to change shape. Since the lens must change shape to focus your vision at different distances, presbyopia blurs your vision when looking at nearby objects. It can also blur your vision when changing your focus to look at something in the distance.

Presbyopia normally begins to affect people when they are over 40 years old, but it affects almost everybody at some point as they age. Other risk factors for early-onset presbyopia include:

  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Specific antidepressants, diuretics, antihistamines, and other drugs

What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a blanket term that covers several different procedures. Each type of laser eye surgery uses a laser to remove or reshape tissue from parts of the eye with ultraviolet light pulses.

There are two main types of laser eye surgery used to correct vision problems: LASIK and PRK. Below is a brief description of each type:

LASIK

During LASIK, the laser creates a thin flap in the cornea. Once the flap is lifted, the laser reshapes the area underneath, and the flap is replaced. This process allows the cornea to accurately focus light onto the lens when focusing at specific distances. Patients can normally see clearly after just a few days (although complete healing takes at least a few weeks).

PRK

Instead of creating a flap, PRK removes the entire surface layer of the cornea and uses the laser to reshape the area underneath it. A contact lens or eye patch is then applied to protect the eye while the cornea heals. PRK can require up to a month of healing before full vision is restored.

How is Laser Eye Surgery Different For People with Presbyopia?

LASIK and PRK can alter the surface of your cornea, but they can’t prevent the lenses in your eyes from aging or losing flexibility. As such, you might assume that laser eye surgery can’t help you deal with presbyopia at all—but that’s not necessarily true.

In most cases of presbyopia, one eye naturally adapts to see nearby objects better while another adapts to see distant objects more clearly. Laser surgery can be used to optimize the dominant eye for focusing on objects at a distance, and the non-dominant eye for focusing on objects that are close at hand. This process is called monovision, and it can be achieved with either LASIK or PRK.

What Risks Come with Laser Eye Surgery For Presbyopia?

Monovision can drastically reduce your need for glasses, but it can also present difficulties for some people. If you decide to have monovision via LASIK or PRK, you need to be aware of the following risks and evaluate them:

Fortunately, it’s easy to “try before you buy” with monovision. Your eye doctor can provide you with trial monovision contacts to give you a taste of what life with monovision will be like. If you find the adjustment easy, you may be a suitable candidate for laser eye monovision surgery.

Ask Your Eye Doctor about Laser Eye Surgery for Presbyopia

Laser eye surgery isn’t for everyone, so you’ll need to have a thorough discussion with your eye doctor to determine whether it can help you manage presbyopia. Your age, medical history, and other factors will all be relevant, so make sure to answer your eye doctor’s questions clearly.

Ultimately, laser eye surgery can provide meaningful relief for people with presbyopia, improving their vision and their quality of life. If you’ve found yourself struggling with this condition, monovision could be just what the eye doctor ordered.

Written by Dr. Louis P. Bahoshy

Dr. Bahoshy attended the University of Waterloo, where he graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc), as well as a Doctor of Optometry (OD) Degree.

As part of his optometry training, Dr. Bahoshy completed an externship at the prestigious Omni Eye Institute in Baltimore, gaining extensive experience in diagnosing and managing ocular health conditions. He worked alongside a pediatric ophthalmologist at their satellite location in White Marsh.

While in optometry school, Dr. Bahoshy spent two summers as a researcher at the world-renowned Centre for Contact Lens Research (CCLR) at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry, learning about the latest in contact lens technology.

Dr. Bahoshy began practicing at Stoney Creek Eye Care (formerly known as Dueck Optometry) in 2001. In October 2017, Dr. Bahoshy became the clinic’s new owner, continuing the commitment of serving Stoney Creek and the surrounding community.

Today, Dr. Bahoshy is an active member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO), the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), and the Hamilton and District Society of Optometrists. He is also an affiliate doctor at TLC Laser Eye Centres.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Bahoshy enjoys swimming, going to the gym, and spending time with his wife Cynthia, and their two young boys, Pierre and Leo.

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Our Vision in Action

At Stoney Creek Eye Care & Eyewear Boutique our trusted team of eye doctors is committed to providing you with high-quality eye care, stylish frames, and personalized attention. We offer a wide variety of services, including:

Convenient Location, Extended Hours,
and Direct Billing

We understand that life is hectic. We want to help make it a little simpler, which is why our centrally-located practice offers extended hours on Mondays and Saturdays. We’re also happy to directly bill most major insurance companies on your behalf. And on top of all that? We’ve got plenty of free parking. Stoney Creek Eye Care & Eyewear Boutique will always do whatever we can to make your life a little easier, located in the Health Science Building.

Stoney Creek Eye Care & Eyewear Boutique

  • 15 Mountain Ave S #110
  • Stoney Creek, ON L8G 2V6

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Clinic Hours

  • Monday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • SundayClosed

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A truly complete eye care experience includes the best eyewear the world has to offer. Our Boutique is well-stocked with globally-recognized brands like Dior, Ray-Ban, Kate Spade, Fossil, and much more.

But of course, your eyewear is much more than just your frames. We offer Zeiss lenses; the paragon of quality lens technology. By pairing the best in optical lenses with filters and coatings for improved performance, Stoney Creek Eye Care & Eyewear Boutique is here to help you look your best, see your best, and feel your best.

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