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Date: Thu Apr 7 10:38 AM, 2016
Lasik surgery at 62
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Hi all,

Iím new here and I just want to share my concerns with you all. For a couple of months, My mom has been experiencing severe pain and vision changes in her eyes. She is sensitive to light, too. Her doctor in see by intravision, Oakville advised her to practice some eye exercise like zooming, blinking, far and focus, etc. to improve my eyesight. He also suggested her to do a detailed check up in order to confirm whether it is astigmatism or not. He told that it is common in having eye sight problems after 60. I wonder whether she will lose her eyesight permanently. She doesn't mind having a lasik eye surgery to improve her eyesight. But is surgery safe at this age? Share your thoughts.†



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Date: Thu Apr 7 8:56 PM, 2016
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Older age is not a disqualifier. They will check for eye health and such things as pupil size, dry eyes and Keratoconus to name for few in the screening before laser treatment. Also they should give counseling to manage the patients expectations on the patients visual goal (which often will be a compromise to be made of some kind).



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Date: Fri Apr 8 8:23 PM, 2016
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Severe pain would be a major concern. Rapid changes in vision is also something to be concerned about.

SEE by IntraVISION, Oakville seems to be a LASIK vision practice. I would be leery of going to them with general concerns about eye health. (Full disclosure: I am leery of laser vision correction period. I think the only good thing about the laser vision industry is that they have created a large population of people with damaged corneas that are similar to those with keratoconus. Keratoconus patients seem to be benefiting from the increasing number of patients who need help with irregular corneas. Here is a website that shares my view of LASIK: www.lasikcomplications.com/)

Eye exercises seems like an unlikely course of treatment for the problems you describe. And I don't think astigmatism sounds like it would explain your mother's symptoms either. Given your mother's age, I think cataracts would be a more likely explanation for the vision changes. But I don't think that explains the pain. But I am not an eye care professional; I am a keratoconus patient who has had cataract surgery.

My feeling is that your mother needs to be seen by a general practice opthamologist for a comprehensive eye health exam. I think her issues are primarily eye health more than vision correction.

At her age, she almost certainly has presbyopia. If she were to have LASIK, which I would not suggest, she would still need glasses for either reading or for distance. If my guess is right and she does have cataracts, she will get an intraocular lens (IOL) implant to replace the clouded natural lens. There is a good chance that they will be able to select a lens that will give her very good vision, either near or far. There are some IOLs that provide accommodation so you have both near and far vision but my cataract surgeon recommended against them because his experience was that they stop working after a few years. Do be aware that the extra cost of advanced IOLs is usually not covered by insurance so there can be a significant out of pocket cost for these lenses. I think older patients are better off without LASIK and just waiting for the likely need for cataract surgery and opportunity to improve their vision with state-of-the-art IOLs.

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Date: Mon Jul 11 12:21 PM, 2016
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I don't think that Lasik is safe at this age, but anyways seek the help of your eye doctor. He can give better advice. Don't be panic. All the best.

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